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Weekly Edition - Published  06 June 2016


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1st Hospital in the North West to provide Stretta® Therapy for NHS patients

ROYAL Liverpool University Hospital is the 1st hospital in the North West, and second in the Country to provide Stretta® Therapy for NHS patients suffering from Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD).

The Stretta
® Therapy, performed by Dr Howard Smart, is a safe and effective treatment for chronic GORD patients who are not responding to medications and wish to avoid surgery.

GORD is a common condition resulting from a weakened muscle ring or valve (the lower oesophageal sphincter) located at the bottom of the gullet. This weakness causes the stomach acid to leak up into the gullet producing symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux and an unpleasant taste in the back of the mouth.

During the short Stretta
® procedure, the patient is given an anaesthetic and a special catheter is passed through the mouth into the gullet. The device delivers radiofrequency energy to strengthen and improve the function of the valve, which prevents regurgitation or reflux.

The NICE approved procedure enables patients to return home on the same day and allows them to return to work the day after treatment. As no surgery is involved the patient has no wounds or scars.

Dr Howard Smart, consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, said:-
"The Stretta® procedure has been used extensively in Europe and North America to improve patient's GORD symptoms and quality of life. A long term follow up study reveals that after 8 to 10 years symptom improvement is maintained and approximately of patients require no regular acid reducing medication for their condition. Stretta® Therapy increases the treatment options available for patients with GORD, filling the gap between tablets and surgery."


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