Treatment for Heartburn, GERD, Acid Reflux with Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)
We are the the only facility within 7 hours of Cortez, Colorado that provides Barrx™ Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus, which can lead to esophageal cancer. Dr. Kevin Matteson is trained in RFA procedures at Southwest Memorial Hospital.
Talk to your doctor about treatments for acid reflux, GERD, and Barrett’s Esophagus now.
The Barrx™ radiofrequency ablation system uses heat to remove tissue affected by Barrett’s esophagus. In a clinical study, the Barrx™ radiofrequency ablation system was found to reduce the risk of Barrett’s esophagus progressing to esophageal cancer by over 90%. If you have undergone treatment or observation for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), chronic heartburn or other acid reflux-related symptoms, you may be at risk of developing Barrett’s esophagus. Early detection of Barrett’s esophagus may reduce the risk of this disease progressing to esophageal cancer.
Southwest Medical Group, Specialty Care offers the Barrx™ radiofrequency ablation system, a treatment that removes esophageal tissues affected by Barrett’s esophagus, a pre-cancerous disease (dysplastic Barrett’s esophagus).
Over 12.5 million people in the U.S. have Barrett’s esophagus, many of whom are not even diagnosed. Barrett’s esophagus occurs when cells in the lower esophagus are affected by chronic exposure to acid. Because of its strong association with esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus is considered a pre-cancerous disease.
Learn about Dr. Kevin Matteson: https://www.swhealth.org/kevinmatteson
Contact us at 970-564-2681
Ben Carelock, DPM
Southwest Medical Group Specialty Care:
Orthopedics, General Surgery, Podiatry
1311-A N. Mildred Road, Suite A • Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970-564-2681 • Fax: 970-564-2682
Board Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Medical School: Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine, Glendale, 2009
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital/VA Connecticut Health Care System, New Haven, 2012
Dr. Ben Carelock and his wife Ashley have lived in the Cortez area since 2013 and enjoy biking (mountain and road), taking in all the expansive views and amazing scenery Southwest Colorado has to offer.
Taking proper care of our feet keeps us healthier in the long run. At Southwest Medical Group, the podiatry team led by Dr. Carelock, strives to keep patients active by providing top quality care for a variety of common issues concerning the foot and ankle.
What is a podiatrist?
A doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) is a physician or surgeon specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the foot, ankle or related leg structures.
What services and resources are available for podiatry patients at Southwest Medical Group?
At Southwest Medical Group, the most common issues for the podiatry team revolve around the care of patients living with diabetes and athletes.
The care team also handles both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Whether a patient has mild joint discomfort or a full fracture in their foot, podiatrists are trained to treat a variety of conditions. The list includes foot fractures, bunions, hammertoes, osteoarthritis, ganglion cysts, ingrown nails, tendon ruptures, nerve entrapments, chronic foot pain, ankle fractures, instability, bone spurs and tarsal tunnel.
“We typically are able to get 95 percent of patients better without surgery,” Dr. Carelock said. The foot specialists can also take x-rays, customize orthotics and brace or cast patients in house. For urgent issues and acute pain, patients can schedule same day appointments, but Dr. Carelock says they always appreciate a call in advance.
How can people stay on their feet?
For some dealing with chronic pain in the heel or joints, seeing a podiatrist is often the best step forward. These issues are often easily amenable, but won’t go away on their own. Between everyday wear and tear, injuries and infections feet experience, focus on activity can actually be more beneficial.
“Stay active,” Dr. Carelock said. “Periodic activity and inactivity is a risk factor for injury. We see a lot of injuries from people who are weekend warriors. They used to be active, but they get out of shape. Then they wind up trying to do something intense and hurting themselves.”
Podiatrist Dr. Carelock is happy to serve patients in the Four Corners region, including the Ute Mountain and Navajo
reservations. For happier, healthier feet or better shoe recommendations call to schedule an appointment at (970) 565-8336.