Barryx is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment option for patients suffering from Barrett’s esophagus caused by chronic heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Barryx is done to patients with Barrett’s with dysplasia and can minimize one’s risk of developing esophageal cancer by destroying abnormal cells so they can be replaced with new, healthy cells.
What will happen during my procedure?
An upper endoscope is used to view the tissue of the esophageal lining. A sizing balloon is used to measure the esophagus, then the proper Barryx ablation device is used for the actual procedure of ablating (removing) the abnormal tissue, helping to prevent the tissue from developing into cancer. The abnormal cells are destroyed so that new, healthy cells can replace them.
This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. You’ll be sedated and asked to lie on your left side, with a support inserted in your mouth to help keep it open. You will swallow a thin, flexible, lighted tube — called an endoscope — which transmits an image of the inside of your esophagus. Your physician will carefully view the esophagus with the endoscope and measure the area that requires treatment. Your physician will then insert a Barryx ablation catheter into the esophagus to deliver energy to only the abnormal tissue.