Fusco has been performing the Halo ablation procedure since 2006. Not a single one of his patients has developed esophageal cancer after treatment nor have they developed esophageal strictures (narrowing of the esophagus).
The treatment is done in an outpatient setting in conjunction with an endoscopy and no incisions are involved. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and the recovery is minimal. Most insurances cover the procedure if a patient has been diagnosed with BE.
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If you have regular heartburn two or more times a week and haven't notified your doctor, you're ignoring one of the biggest cancer risk factors. Acid reflux, of which heartburn is a symptom, can actually cause cancer of the esophagus. And even if you had heartburn problems years ago Converse Evo and they seem to have gone away, this is one health issue you shouldn't ignore.
Barrett's esophagus is diagnosed by an endoscopy, a nonsurgical procedure performed under conscious sedation, in which a small flexible tube with a light is passed through the mouth and into the esophagus. The tube has a camera that allows the physician to look at the lining of the esophagus. During the endoscopy, a sample of tissue may be obtained to confirm the diagnosis as well as the grade and severity of the cellular changes. and fewer than one in five people diagnosed with it will survive five years. It is particularly dangerous because most patients are not diagnosed until advanced stages because subtle symptoms. Every 36 minutes, someone in America dies of esophageal cancer.
The traditional treatment for BE was surgical removal of the esophagus known as esophagectomy. While effective, the major surgery has a significant complication rate, and some mortality associated with it. Because there were no optimal techniques to treat the precancerous cells, surveillance with serial endoscopies became the standard of care, along with medication (proton pump inhibitors) and lifestyle modifications.
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Thanks to advances in medicine, there are now procedures that treat the abnormal cells with a low complication rate. One specific method has emerged as an appealing treatment option with appropriate safety, efficacy and ease of treatment for patients and physicians.
Dr. Mark Fusco, board certified general surgeon and chief of surgery at Melbourne Same Day Surgery Center, is the only physician in Brevard County that performs the Halo ablation procedure for BE.
He offers the procedures on Fridays so patients can recover on the weekend and return to work the following Monday. The Halo RFA procedure has a cure rate of 98 percent, virtually eliminating the risk of developing deadly esophageal cancer. That's why early detection and treatment is so important: It saves lives.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), specifically Halo system, is a minimally invasive treatment alternative for BE. During the procedure, the lining of the esophagus, which contains the precancerous cells, is destroyed by applying high radio frequency waves to it, causing a thermal injury or "burn." When these precancerous cells are destroyed, normal tissue usually regenerates in its place. Halo Womens White High Top Converse Size 5.5
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The problem starts when stomach acid splashes up into the esophagus. This is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or simply acid reflux, and it can trigger painful symptoms like heartburn, or more subtle ones like a constant cough or scratchy throat. Over the years, acid reflux can cause cellular changes in the esophagus, leading to a precancerous stage known as Barretty's esophagus (BE). From there, if left unchecked, full blown esophageal cancer can develop. Patients with BE have a 25 fold increased risk of developing esophageal cancer compared with the general population. Once a patient has been diagnosed with BE, there are no antacids or acid blockers that can undo the precancerous changes to the cells.
"The risk of Barrett's becoming cancer is analogous to a colon polyp becoming cancer," Fusco says. "So why not remove the abnormal cells before they become a problem."
"On average, a patients needs about three ablations in two month intervals for complete treatment," he says.
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