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Finally! Relief for Unbearable Acid Reflux: The LINX Procedure

Who hasn't experienced the occasional acid reflux from a particularily spicy dinner or an extra slice of pizza? Nothing that an over-the-counter pill wouldn't relieve, right? Unfortunately, for seven long years, Shawnee Williams, suffered not a few but daily episodes of progressively worsening acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, GERD. At only age 25, she experienced [...]

  • Latest technology. Mayo Clinic doctors use advanced endoscopic imaging techniques to detect dysplasia in the earliest, most treatable stages. These methods allow Mayo Clinic doctors to detect cancer cells without a biopsy and pinpoint exact areas for treatment.
  • Nonsurgical treatments. Mayo Clinic offers an array of nonsurgical treatment options for Barrett's esophagus, including cryotherapy, endoscopic mucosal resection, photodynamic therapy and radiofrequency ablation. For many people, these minimally invasive treatments can completely eliminate disease without the need for surgery.
  • Experience. If you choose surgery, Mayo Clinic surgeons have experience performing esophageal surgery. Hospitals whose surgeons are experienced in removing the esophagus (esophagectomy) have significantly lower death and complication rates than do hospitals where few esophagectomies are performed. When possible, Mayo clinic surgeons perform esophageal surgery using a minimally invasive approach, which doesn't require a large incision and may allow for a quicker recovery. \
  • Research leader. Mayo Clinic has an active research program for Barrett's esophagus, including a Barrett's esophagus family registry that compiles information from people receiving care at Mayo and their families. Researchers hope this information can help them gain a greater understanding of the genetic basis of Barrett's esophagus and develop a genetic blood test that can easily screen for the disease.

Mayo Clinic is a leader in studying the use of genes to determine which treatments are likely to offer the best results for people with Barrett's esophagus.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic: Answers you can trust

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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May. 25, 2011