UCI Health gastroenterology experts highlight latest digestive disorder treatments

Public invited to learn about alternatives when medication no longer works

November 11, 2015

Dr. Kenneth Chang

UCI Health invites the public to learn more about the latest non-surgical treatment options for digestive disorders when medication no longer provides relief at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30 at the Newport Beach Central Library.

Dr. Kenneth Chang, executive director of the UCI Health H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center, and Dr. Khoi Tran, medical director at the UCI Health Digestive Center — Newport, will discuss leading-edge advances in non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures for a range of complex gastrointestinal diseases, including gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.

In a presentation entitled Stop heartburn and acid reflux, Chang will discuss three FDA-approved minimally invasive alternatives to standard surgery. UCI Health is the only healthcare provider in Southern California to offer the Stretta™, ExsophyX™ and LINX™ procedures that prevent reflux and backwash of stomach acids.

Tran will describe the advanced, non-surgical endoscopic techniques available to successfully treat precancerous conditions of the esophagus. For cases that require surgery, UCI Health offers patients minimally invasive procedures that can prevent cancer while preserving the esophagus.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions following the presentations.

The Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

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