The esophagus is the portion of the gastrointestinal tract located in the chest that connects the mouth to the stomach. There are several major diseases that affect the esophagus, including esophageal cancer, motility disorders such as Achalasia, hiatal hernias, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Esophageal surgery is unlike any other gastrointestinal tract surgery due to its unique microanatomy and position in the chest.
Esophageal cancer is increasing in frequency and is associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is frequently discovered at an advanced stage, and because of this long-term survival has been disappointing. Fortunately, a multifaceted treatment approach has been developed that has resulted in significant improvements in survival rates. Our team of esophageal cancer specialists, including gastroenterologists, thoracic surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists, combine to plan optimal treatment programs for our patients.
Motility disorders of the esophagus result in swallowing problems. Evaluation of these disorders requires specialized tests. Some types of motility problems are best treated with medications, but for many others, in particular Achalasia, excellent results have been obtained from minimally-invasive corrective surgery.
Minimally-invasive surgeries for GERD and hiatal hernias are available and have shown excellent results.
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