New Implant Available to Treat Heartburn - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/16/03

New Implant Available to Treat Heartburn

If you suffer from heartburn, you probably take a lot of pills and try to avoid certain foods, but here's something new that is working for some people, an implant that is put into place without surgery.

In Dallas, Gastroenterologist Daniel Demarco is one of the first to use the new injectable implant called Enteryx. A liquid is injected into the esophagus which hardens into an implant that helps the body keep acid in its place.

"They were dependent on medicines before to keep acid reduction down. Now, they no longer have to take those medicines," explained Dr. Demarco.

It's just a 30 minute procedure and patients go home the same day. Enteryx is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is partially covered by insurance.

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