Barrett’s Esophagus Specialist

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Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Douglaston, NY

Barrett’s esophagus is a common side effect of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that can lead to chronic heartburn and difficulty swallowing. With the help of the medical team and board-certified gastroenterologists at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates in Douglaston, New York, you can receive the treatment you need and get relief. Book your Barrett’s esophagus evaluation online or call the office today.

Barrett’s Esophagus Q & A

What causes Barrett’s esophagus?

Barrett’s esophagus is a progressive condition that changes the lining of your esophagus. As the tissue becomes damaged over time due to chronic acid regurgitation — a condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) — scar tissue develops.

This effect causes the lining of your esophagus to become very similar to your intestinal lining. While Barrett’s esophagus is most commonly associated with chronic GERD and frequent episodes of acid reflux, your risk of developing the condition is higher if you:

  • Are older
  • Are overweight or obese 
  • Were a former smoker or currently smoke

If left untreated, Barrett’s esophagus increases your risk of esophageal precancer and cancer. Because of these serious complications, it’s important to undergo an evaluation if you have chronic acid reflux.

Are there symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus?

The tissue changes that occur with Barrett’s esophagus don’t cause specific symptoms. But your GERD condition may cause ongoing issues, such as:

  • Heartburn 
  • Chest pain
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing

To screen for and diagnose Barrett’s esophagus, Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates provides the WATS3D® test. This highly advanced screening involves taking a brush sampling of tissue cells and analyzing them with a high-definition 3D image. 

The WATS3D test is one of the most effective screenings for esophageal precancer and cancer associated with Barrett’s esophagus. It’s a quick and virtually painless screening your doctor conducts right in the office. 

How is Barrett’s esophagus treated? 

Once your doctor diagnoses your condition and determines the severity of your Barrett’s esophagus, they talk with you about treatment solutions. Your Barrett’s esophagus treatment plan could include:

  • Photodynamic therapy 
  • Medications to manage GERD
  • Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen 
  • Periodic endoscopic procedures to monitor cells

In severe cases, your dedicated doctor may recommend surgery. They can remove the damaged part of your esophagus and surgically attach the healthy portion to your stomach.

No matter which Barrett’s esophagus treatment is right for you, the dedicated team at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates collaborates to treat you and has you check in regularly to ensure you’re getting relief. 

Schedule your Barrett’s esophagus evaluation at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates today. Click the online scheduler or call the office to book a visit.