Stretta

Philip L. Leggett, MD -  - General Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD

General Surgery & Acid Reflux Treatment located in Houston, TX

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) causes painful symptoms that are often severely disruptive. Philip L. Leggett, MD, and Seeyuen Lee, MD, can help. At their practice in Houston, they offer state-of-the-art Stretta® procedures to significantly reduce GERD symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call or make an appointment online today.

Stretta Q & A

What is Stretta?

Stretta is an innovative, minimally invasive procedure to reduce GERD symptoms by addressing the structural abnormalities that allow your stomach acid to leak into your esophagus. The transoral device produces mild radiofrequency waves, which tighten and strengthen the muscles in your lower esophageal sphincter, preventing acid reflux and regurgitation.

Stretta is an option if medication and lifestyle changes haven’t effectively reduced your GERD symptoms, but you can’t or don’t want to have surgery. Additionally, if you’ve had surgery for GERD, but still have symptoms, your doctor may suggest Stretta as an alternative to revision surgery. You may need a series of Stretta treatments to achieve optimal results and the elimination of your GERD symptoms.

What happens during a Stretta treatment?

Your doctor prepares you for Stretta treatment by providing a sedative to keep you comfortable and relaxed during your treatment. When you’re ready, they slide the Stretta device down your throat and esophagus to the sphincter that separates your esophagus from your stomach.

When the device is in place, your doctor turns on the radiofrequency energy. Stretta uses mild radiofrequency waves to stimulate tissue coagulation, which tightens and strengthens the sphincter tissue.

The whole process takes around an hour. When your treatment is complete, your doctor removes the device and moves you to a recovery area while the sedation wears off. In most cases, you can get back to your regular activities on the same day as your treatment.

Am I a candidate for Stretta?

Stretta might be an excellent treatment option if you have GERD, and despite taking medication, you still suffer from symptoms including:

  • Severe heartburn that’s worse after eating or at night
  • Problems swallowing
  • Regurgitation
  • Feeling like you have food lodged in your throat or chest
  • Chronic cough

Dr. Leggett and Dr. Lee offer comprehensive consultations to determine if Stretta is right for you. They ask about your symptoms and other treatments you’ve tried in the past. Stretta is safe and suitable for almost everyone.

If you want a safe and minimally invasive treatment for GERD, call the office of Philip L. Leggett, MD, or schedule a consultation online today.

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