November 02, 2020

Stretta Incisionless Therapy to Treat Reflux

This animation demonstrates how the Stretta radiofrequency (RF) therapy is performed to surgically treat reflux without incisions. The Stretta system delivers low power, low temperature radiofre­quency energy to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle. This non-ablative energy is delivered to multiple different sites causing tissue remodeling resulting in improved barrier function and fewer random relaxations that cause reflux symptoms. RF energy has been shown to thicken the musculature and increase the size and amount of smooth muscle fibers in the treatment zone. The result is a measurable strengthening of the LES and a reduction in transient LES relaxations but without causing stricture nor fibrosis. 

This procedure is typically performed by a skilled GI doctor. Locally, the following are doctors who perform Stretta:

Giath Alshkaki, MD
900 23rd Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.
INOVA Fairfax, INOVA Alexandria, George Washington University Hospital

J.R. Salameh, MD
1625 N. George Mason Drive, Suite 334, Arlington, VA 22205
(703) 717-4250
Virginia Hospital System

Steeve David, MD
1600 N Beauregard St. Suite 300, Alexandria, VA
(703) 717-4250
Virginia Hospital Center

Jeremias Tan, MD
3028 Javier Road, VA 22031
(703) 698-8960
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Richard Allen Blosser
3700 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax, VA
(703) 281-1023
INOVA Fair Oaks, The Gastroenterology Center of Virginia

Nisha Chand, MD
4080 Lafayette Center Drive, Suite 110, Chantilly, VA 20151
703-378-1724
Northern Virginia Gastroenterology

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. He is also the chief medical officer of O2Labz, a medical and scientific 3D animation company.

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