What is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that removes precancerous cells from the lining of the esophagus using high frequency radio waves. During the procedure, waves are applied using a set of electromagnetic coils attached to a balloon. The balloon is inserted into the esophagus and a skilled gastroenterologist adjusts the spacing of the coils and frequency levels to adequately remove the necessary depth of the esophageal lining in order to obliterate the precancerous cells.
Who needs Radiofrequency Ablation?
Patients suffering from Barrett’s Esophagus are the primary candidate for radiofrequency ablation. Your gastroenterologist will review you case and medical history to determine if this treatment is the best option for your condition.
What is the Prep for Radiofrequency Ablation?
The prep for radiofrequency ablation varies by physician. You will need to contact your gastroenterologist for details. However, as with most endoscopic procedures, the prep often includes changes to frequency and dosing of medication, and temporary fasting approximately 12 hours prior to the procedure.
How do I Schedule an Appointment for Radiofrequency Ablation?
If you believe that radiofrequency ablation is relevant to your condition, contact a gastroenterologist to review and discuss your case and condition. You can contact Adult Gastroenterology Associates at 918-481-4700 to find the gastroenterologist near you.