Barrett’s Esophagus Specialist

Fifth Avenue GI

Gastroenterologists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

A complication associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett's esophagus is a serious health condition that occurs when the tissues that make up the esophagus start to change. These changes increase the risk of various types of esophageal cancer, and you should get them treated immediately. If you're experiencing symptoms of GERD or heartburn and live in the East Harlem or Upper East Side, New York area, call or click to schedule your appointment at Fifth Ave GI today!

Barrett’s Esophagus Q & A

Fifth Avenue GI

What is Barrett's esophagus?

Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the lining of the esophagus begins to change due to excessive exposure to stomach acid.

Prolonged exposure to this harsh stomach acid causes the lining to change in texture from healthy tissue to that which is similar to what's present in the small intestine's lining.

If you have GERD or acid reflux, you have a 10% higher risk of also being diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus. If the condition is left untreated on a long-term basis, your risk of being diagnosed with esophageal cancer also increases dramatically.

Regular gastrointestinal examinations are crucial for monitoring the advancement of these conditions.

Who is at risk?

If you have GERD or acid reflux, it's imperative that you receive regular checkups to evaluate the health of your gastrointestinal tract.

Barrett's esophagus doesn't have any identifiable symptoms. Changes in the esophagus can begin to take place without you being aware that they are happening.

Aside from getting regular checkups, using the appropriate medications is essential for controlling your acid reflux are the most effective ways to keep Barrett's esophagus from becoming a major problem.

What treatment options are most effective?

The key to treating Barrett's esophagus is to manage the conditions that cause it effectively. Doing so includes maintaining control over your GERD and acid reflux symptoms. You can also make specific lifestyle changes that are beneficial in reducing the symptoms associated with GERD.

The following self-care options are the most useful:

  • Sleeping on an incline
  • Eliminating fatty foods from the diet
  • Eating a well-balanced diet that limits the amount of acid-producing foods
  • Drinking a sufficient amount of water each day
  • Maintaining your treatment plan for GERD (if you have one)

Simple lifestyle and behavioral changes make a huge difference when trying to control gastrointestinal distress.