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Stretta procedure

The Stretta Procedure is an effective, unique and minially invasive way to treat Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

What is Stretta?

Stretta is a unique and minimally invasive procedure to treat persistent symptoms of GORD and is an alternative to traditional surgical anti-reflux options . The procedure can reduce and resolve reflux symptoms and can eliminate the need for medication in specific patients.

Why should I have Stretta?

Acid reflux can impact significantly on your overall quality of life. You may suffer from the following symptoms; 

  • Heartburn
  • Chronic cough/ hoarseness
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Acid erosion of teeth
  • Chest pain
  • Recurrent pneumonia

What happens during the Stretta procedure?

The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, but is a day case procedure. It involves passing a camera down your throat to locate the lower end of the gullet. The camera takes precise measurements. A special catheter is placed at this level where treatment is delivered by four tiny needles which are carefully placed into the gullet wall. The muscle is treated with special radiofrequency energy – in the following weeks after treatment, this remodels and strengthens the muscle tissue in the lower gullet, resulting in improved barrier function and fewer episodes of reflux.

What are the side effects and recovery times?

You may feel mild chest discomfort following Stretta. Side effects from this treatment are extremely rare, but you may experience the following side effects;

  • Bleeding
  • Bloating
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Epigastric discomfort
  • Pharyngitis
  • Vomiting

You will be provided with a liquid diet plan following your procedure to follow for 24 hours, and a soft diet to follow for two weeks after this. Patients are advised to continue their previous antacid medication for two months following Stretta.

Specialists Offering Stretta procedure

Dr Daniel Gaya

Consultant Gastroenterologist

MB ChB (Hons), FRCP (Glasg), MSc (Edin), MD (Glasg)

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Oliver Allenby-Smith

Consultant General & Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon


BMI The Harbour Hospital

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Dr Simon Campbell

Consultant Gastroenterologist

MB ChB, MRCP(UK), MD(Edin)

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Dr Venkat Mahesh

Consultant Gastroenterologist

MBBS, MRCP, FEBGH, PGDip (Clin.Nutr), PGCert (Med.Ed)

BMI The Beaumont Hospital

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Ways to pay

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Pay for yourself

Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and 6 months' aftercare

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Pay with health insurance

We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code

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Spread the cost

Pay for yourself with the BMI card and spread the cost over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)

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