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Study Proves That Endoscopic Surgery for Barrett's Esophagus is Effective

By February 27, 2013

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Barrett's esophagus is a condition that is usually brought on by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and can lead to cancer. In the past this condition has sometimes been treated by complete removal of the esophagus, but a new study shows that removal of individual lesions using an endoscope is not only effective but significantly less invasive. The study showed that the procedure was effective in 95% of cases. Researchers evaluated two different methods of removing diseased tissue via an endoscope, both are performed as outpatient procedures, (patients go home later that same day), and found both methods to be less expensive in addition to being less invasive. According to an article in Newswise more than 3 million people in America have Barrett's esophagus and 10% will eventually develop cancer as a result of their condition.

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