SOURCE: Bay Area Gastroenterology

Bay Area Gastroenterology

December 07, 2009 09:00 ET

Houston Endoscopy Practice, Bay Area Gastroenterology Offers Therapies for Barrett's Esophagus

Private Group Practice Treats Condition Associated With Chronic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - December 7, 2009) - Cancer prevention is an important goal for all Houstonians and Bay Area Gastroenterology advises that early detection can prevent esophageal cancer.

A very common medical condition is Barrett's Esophagus, which has been known to be associated with chronic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, commonly referred to as GERD. This is a disorder in which stomach acid and enzymes cause injury to the esophageal lining, producing symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, and chest pain. If not treated, inflammation can change the esophagus cells resulting in a condition called Barrett's esophagus.

Sezen Altug, M.D., FAGA of Bay Area Gastroenterology, acknowledges that many individuals may have Barrett's and not be aware of it. This is of concern as Barrett's esophagus increases a person's risk of developing esophageal cancer.

"We are committed to educating patients about the early diagnosis and therapies for Barrett's esophagus," said Dr. Altug. "With the HALO procedure, the disease can be managed and esophageal cancer can be prevented."

The physicians at Bay Area Gastroenterology currently offer the HALO procedure, an ablation procedure for pre-cancerous Barrett's esophagus. The HALO ablation technology is designed to remove the Barrett's epithelium in a short, well-tolerated endoscopic procedure and offers an alternative to "watchful waiting" for patients with intestinal metaplasia, low-grade dysplasia, and high-grade dysplasia. The technology consists of two devices. The balloon-based HALO360+ device is capable of treating larger areas of circumferential Barrett's esophagus, while the HALO90 is a focal ablation device used to treat smaller areas.

Bay Area Gastroenterology has four offices in Houston, Clear Lake and Pearland with a comprehensive array of diagnostic services to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of gastrointestinal health.

About Bay Area Gastroenterology

As gastroenterology consultants, the Board Certified Physicians at Bay Area Gastroenterology specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer and ailments of the stomach, intestines, colon, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. Sezen Altug, M.D., FAGA and her fellow physicians provide state-of-the-art medical care and treatment. Bay Area Gastroenterology's affiliated Endoscopy Center has been recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Bay Area Gastroenterology P. A.
    (281) 480-6264