Barrett’s Esophagus Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL & South Elgin, IL

Barrett’s esophagus, a mutation of the tissue that lines your esophagus, can be successfully treated with the right medical approach. The skillful gastroenterologists of Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, have extensive experience diagnosing and treating Barrett’s esophagus. From comprehensive consultations to individualized treatment plans, detailed diagnostic testing, and state-of-the-art technology and equipment, the attentive medical professionals provide the highest caliber of care. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or book via the web today.

Barrett’s Esophagus Q & A

What is Barrett’s Esophagus?

Barett’s esophagus is a medical condition that happens when the tissue in the tube connecting your stomach and mouth (esophagus) is replaced by tissue that’s similar to your intestinal lining.

The condition often develops in men and women with long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Acid reflux or GERD is a chronic regurgitation of stomach acid that flows backward into the lower part of the esophagus. Only a small percentage of those with GERD develop Barrett’s esophagus.

Barrett’s esophagus increases the risk of esophageal cancer. While the risk is small, it’s imperative you have regular checkups at Illinois Gastroenterology Group to look for precancerous cells (dysplasia).

The tissue changes of Barrett’s esophagus don’t usually cause any symptoms and can go unnoticed. Any symptoms you experience are likely associated with GERD and can include:

  • Difficulty swallowing food
  • Frequent heartburn
  • Chest pain

 

If you’re vomiting blood and have severe chest pain, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Visit your local hospital emergency room.

What Causes Barrett’s Esophagus?

The cause of Barrett’s esophagus isn’t always clear, but there is some connection to GERD in many people.

With GERD, the stomach contents wash backwards into the esophagus and damage the esophagus lining over time. When your body attempts to heal itself, the cells can change to the type of cells found in Barrett’s esophagus.

Things that can increase your risk of Barrett’s esophagus include:

  • Being overweight
  • Acid reflux and chronic heartburn
  • Aging
  • Being male


Being a current or previous smoker also increases your risk of developing Barrett’s esophagus.

How is Barrett’s Esophagus Treated?

The right treatment of Barrett’s esophagus depends on your overall health and the extent of abnormal cell growth in your esophagus.

The professionals of Illinois Gastroenterology Group work diligently to diagnose and treat Barrett’s esophagus and provide a range of treatments, including:

  • Periodic endoscopy and medical monitoring
  • Medications
  • Healthy lifestyle changes (exercise, better nutrition, and stress management)

 

You should also try to maintain a healthy weight and eliminate foods and drinks that trigger your heartburn like alcohol and coffee. Quit smoking, and when you sleep at night, try elevating your head to help prevent stomach acid from flowing into your esophagus.

If your Barrett’s esophagus is precancerous or severe, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group specialist will often recommend surgery. Surgeries like radiofrequency ablation or endoscopic resection can be used to remove or damage abnormal tissue.

If you’re concerned about your health risks and your digestive health, call the hardworking providers of Illinois Gastroenterology Group or book online today.