Dr. Harish Gagneja with Austin Gastro on Barrett's Espophagus
Dr. Harish Gagneja, a gastroenterologist with Austin Gastro explains Barrett's esophagus and how these changes in the lining of the esophagus occur, and what can be done to treat it before it progresses into cancer. Barrett's esophagus is often diagnosed in people who have long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is chronic regurgitation of stomach acid into the lower esophagus. Only a small percentage of people with GERD will develop Barrett's esophagus, but when it does progress into Barrett's esophagus it is imperative that patients seek treatment because of their increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. Barrett's esophagus can be treated with a simple endoscopic ablation procedure called endoscopic musosal resection.