What's Involved in the Procedure
The HALO System provides uniform, controlled ablative therapy, which not only removes abnormal cells but also allows for regrowth of normal cells. The HALO System also enables effective treatment without injuring healthy underlying tissue.
The primary purpose is to ablate - or remove - the abnormal lining of the esophagus. The tissue then regenerates and normal tissue grows back. This eliminates or markedly reduces the chances for cancer to develop. Data from studies indicate that the treatment is highly effective.
During the procedure, an ablation catheter (HALO360 or HALO90 Ablation Catheter) is positioned on the abnormal esophageal tissue. Using the HALO Energy Generator, the physician delivers a rapid burst of ablative energy which removes a very thin layer of the diseased esophagus. Performed in an outpatient setting, the procedure takes less than 30 minutes on average and requires no incisions.