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New Minimally Invasive Treatment Of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

The Stony Brook Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, established by Stony Brook Surgical Associates, PC, is pleased to announce the introduction of a new minimally invasive technique for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Called the Stretta procedure, this newly developed outpatient endoscopic procedure takes about one hour to perform, and provides considerable benefits to patients.
Stony Brook University Hospital is the only health facility in Suffolk that offers the Stretta procedure, the use of which further demonstrates our commitment to providing truly state-of-the-art patient care.
Arif Ahmad, MD, assistant professor of surgery and director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Louis T. Merriam, MD, assistant professor of surgery, have acquired the training necessary to perform the procedure. With special expertise in minimally invasive "videoscopic" surgery, they both have a long-standing interest and proficiency in the surgical correction of GERD.

Because there is no hospital stay involved with the Stretta procedure, patients undergoing the procedure are able to participate in normal activities the following day.

Describing the procedure's benefits, Dr. Ahmad says: "No hospital stay is required and typically patients may return to normal activities the following day. Moreover, most patients are able to discontinue acid-reducing GERD medications in a month."
The procedure itself is performed with a flexible, disposable catheter connected to a radiofrequency (RF) generator. With the patient under conscious sedation, the surgeon delivers controlled RF energy to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle and gastric cardia to create thermal lesions.
As the lesions heal, the barrier function of the LES is enhanced, reducing the frequency of reflux events.
Early clinical studies appearing in the medical literature demonstrate that the Stretta procedure is a promising new treatment of GERD, which affects 1 in 14 adults in the United States today.

For consultations/appointments with Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Merriam, please call the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at (631) 444-4545.

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