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BobHaze
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Hi all:

A few months ago someone posted a video of a young Indian-American Gastroenterologist at a hospital called St. Joseph’s Medical Center or something like that, in which he described EC, Barrets, etc. He specifically talked about a surgical procedure for removing the Barrets from one’s esophagus, which I’d never heard of before. My wife’s cousin has Barrets and I wanted to tell him about the procedure, so he could research it from there.

Does anyone have a link to that video? I couldn’t find it on YouTube.

Thanks and FEC,
Bob
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Dx 8/3/11
MIE 9/23/11

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BobHaze
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Thanks Sherri. That wasn’t the one I was thinking of, but you right and it’s an interesting video. Coupled with Dave’s comments I learned a lot about this today!

FEC,
Bob
T1aN0M0
Dx 8/3/11
MIE 9/23/11

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captdave
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Bob, There are a couple of procedures to remove barretts. There are problems with both of them. I was offered the option to have either procedure done and because of several factors opted to remain in surveillance then have a procedure done. he biggest factors in my decision making were 1) with RF there is only a three year track record and you end up being part of the clinical control group to validate the treatment. 2) RF creates another layer of tissue over the barretts and there isn't any data available to show if barretts will continue to remain under the new layer of tissue or if EC can develop under the new tissue and be much more difficult to detect as it isn't biopsyable trough the new layer of tissue.
EMR has it's own issues as it is endoscopic surgery removing the mucosal layer of the esophagus. This can lead to strictures, scar tissue, and once again there isn't any long term data showing it's effectiveness and any adverse impact.

Hope that this gives you some info to pass on to your wife's cousin to consider when researching treatment options.

Dave

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