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Barrett's esophagus has no cure, short of removal of the esophagus or destruction of the Barrett's tissue. The surgery is a serious operation and is recommended only for people who have a high risk of developing cancer or who already have it. The first priority in treating Barrett's esophagus is to stop the ongoing damage of the esophageal lining, which usually means eliminating acid reflux. Most patients are advised to avoid certain foods and behaviors that increase the risk of reflux. Foods that can worsen reflux should be avoided and include:
Behaviors that can worsen reflux include eating meals just prior to going to bed, lying down after eating meals, and eating very large meals
Behaviors that can lessen GERD include:
Treating reflux with a surgical procedure for GERD does not cure Barrett's esophagus. It is an alternative for some people with GERD.