First Enteryx® Anti-Reflux Procedure

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Patients commonly complain of serious heartburn before being diagnosed with GERD, which results when a muscle in the esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), becomes ineffective. This abnormality allows stomach content, including digestive acid, to move upstream into the esophagus, causing pain and injury to the area.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2004) -- University of Kentucky physician Nicholas Nickl, M.D., professor of medicine, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, UK College of Medicine, performed the first anti-reflux procedure in Central and Eastern Kentucky this week. The Enteryx® procedure is an alternative remedy to long-term drug use or anti-reflux surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Performed June 22, 2004, the procedure is a less invasive alternative to surgery. The Enteryx® procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.

“The procedure went well with no complications,” Nickl said. “This type of treatment further expands the available treatment options for endoscopic therapy of GERD at the University of Kentucky. A number of new endoscopic treatments are now available as good alternatives to standard medical and surgical therapy of GERD.”

Patients commonly complain of serious heartburn before being diagnosed with GERD, which results when a muscle in the esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), becomes ineffective. This abnormality allows stomach content, including digestive acid, to move upstream into the esophagus, causing pain and injury to the area.

More than 60 million American adults experience reflux and heartburn at least once a month, and approximately 21 million adults are estimated to have GERD. People who are not treated for the disease continue to have symptoms and may experience complications such as ulcers or in rare cases cancer.

The Enteryx® procedure uses six cc’s of liquid polymeric material injected as a liquid. This liquid creates a soft, spongy permanent insert in the sphincter muscle and acts as a barrier to alleviate the symptoms of GERD.

Enteryx® lowers the esophageal sphincter which assists in lowering the sphincter muscle. This allows the stomach to keep fluids and acids from backing up into the esophagus. The stomach’s ability to produce acid or other digestive fluids is not affected.

For more information about this procedure or to schedule an appointment, call (859) 323-5575.


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