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Our Reflux Center Team
Our team includes gastroenterologists, thoracic surgeons, general surgeons, surgical oncologists, nurses, and technicians who collaborate to diagnose and treat GERD. They meet regularly in a multidisciplinary conference. combining their expertise to discuss the best care for each patient. The team collects data on all of our patients and tracks and analyzes outcomes, with the goal of continuously improving the care we provide.
Preventing Esophageal Cancer
Inflammation from reflux can cause a condition known as Barrett’s esophagus. This is a disorder in which the inner lining of the esophagus becomes abnormal and thickened, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to stomach acids in people with long-term GERD. If left untreated, Barrett’s esophagus may progress to cancer.
Our doctors monitor patients with Barrett’s esophagus using periodic endoscopy. When caught early, Barrett’s changes in the esophagus can be treated using radiofrequency ablation (the application of intense heat) or cryotherapy (intense cold) to destroy abnormal tissue, or by surgically removing superficial lesions (a procedure called endoscopic mucosal resection). The Hackensack University Medical Center team offers all of these treatments.
The Reflux Center Team
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