Endoscopic Barrett's ablation

Endoscopic ablation of dysplasia (precancerous changes) or early cancer in Barrett’s esophagus involves using techniques to destroy the abnormal tissue through the use of instruments that can be used through an endoscope (a tube passed through the mouth into the esophagus) without the need for surgery. The two most common techniques are the use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) and radiofrequency ablation (trade name is Barrx). Both techniques involve using energy that heats the tissue lining the esophagus causing death to the abnormal cells. The body then replaces the damaged abnormal tissue with healthy normal cells. PDT uses a laser light source to heat up cells in the esophagus that have been made sensitive to light by injecting a medication into the blood stream. Barrx uses radiofrequency energy to heat up the cells lining the esophagus causing them to die.

Providence Digestive Health Institute provides state-of-the-art gastroenterology services at our Portland-area facilities. Our board-certified gastroenterologists diagnose and treat disorders of the digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and biliary system. Providence Digestive Health Institute is part of a comprehensive program at Providence involving medical and surgical specialties.