Information for the public
What has NICE said?
This procedure is safe enough and works well enough for Barrett's oesophagus with low-grade dysplasia for use in the NHS, as long as patients are followed up in the long term.
There is not enough evidence to be sure about how well this procedure works or how safe it is for Barrett's oesophagus with no dysplasia. For this reason, it should only be done for Barrett's oesphagus with no dysplasia as part of a research study.
NICE is asking health professionals to send information about everyone who has the procedure and what happens to them afterwards to a database at the UK national HALO patient registry, so that the safety of the procedure and how well it works can be checked over time.
NICE has said that more research on this procedure for Barrett's oesophagus with no dysplasia is needed.
What does this mean for me?
Your health professional should fully explain what is involved in having endoscopic radiofrequency energy for Barrett's oesophagus with low‑grade dysplasia, and discuss the possible benefits and risks with you. You should also be told how to find more information about the procedure. You should only be asked whether you want to agree to this procedure after having this discussion.
Your health professional can only offer you this procedure for Barrett's oesophagus with no dysplasia as part of a research study.
Your health professional should ask you if details of your procedure can be collected.