TREATMENT OF GERD
Treatment should improve acid reflux symptoms, and may keep Barrett esophagus from getting worse. Treatment may involve lifestyle changes and medicines such as:
- Antacids after meals and at bedtime
- Histamine H2 receptor blockers
- Proton pump inhibitors
- Avoiding tobacco use
Lifestyle changes, medicines, and anti-reflux surgery may help with symptoms of GERD. However, these steps will not make Barrett esophagus go away.
TREATMENT OF BARRETT ESOPHAGUS
Surgery or other procedures may be recommended if a biopsy shows cell changes that may be cancer.
Some of the following procedures remove the harmful tissue in your esophagus:
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses a special laser device, called an esophageal balloon, along with a drug called Photofrin.
- Other procedures use different types of high energy to destroy the precancerous tissue.
- Surgery to remove the abnormal lining.