Esophageal Disorders

The esophagus is the tube that carries food, liquids and saliva from your mouth to the stomach. The associated disorders with esophagus are:

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

The most common problem with the esophagus is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). It happens when a band of muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it. Over time GERD can cause damage to the esophagus accompanied by heartburn.

Treatment depends on the problem. Some get better with medicines or changes in diet. Others may need prescription medicines or surgery.

We offer a variety of options for personalized treatment of esophageal disorders. We have a team of trained and certified surgeons who are dedicated to providing the best care, using advanced procedures, tailored to the individual patient.

Barrett’s Esophagus

The American College of Gastroenterology defines Barrett’s Esophagus as a change in the esophageal epithelium of any length that can be recognized at endoscopy. Most people with Barrett’s Esophagus have symptoms of GERD. There are no clinical symptoms that differentiate people who have GERD without Barrett’s Esophagus from those who have GERD with Barrett’s Esophagus.

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is malignancy of the esophagus. There are various subtypes, primarily squamous cell cancer and adenocarcinoma. Squamous cell cancer arises from the cells that line the upper part of the esophagus. Adenocarcinoma arises from glandular cells that are present at the junction of the esophagus and stomach. Esophageal tumors usually lead to difficulty in swallowing, pain and other symptoms that are diagnosed with biopsy.

  • Squamous Cell
    • Tobacco smoking and heavy alcohol use
    • Diet deficient in molybdenum, zinc, Vitamin A
    • Esophageal irradiation
    • Thermal injury as a result of drinking hot beverages
    • Obesity
  • Adenocarcinoma
    • Barrett’s Esophagus
    • Chronic GERD
    • Obesity
    • Tobacco smoking