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Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders

The Digestive Health Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating a wide range of swallowing and esophageal disorders.

Conditions Treated

  • Achalasia and other esophageal motility disorders
  • Barrett’s Esophagus and early esophageal cancer
  • Dysphagia
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Non-cardiac chest pain
  • Paraesophageal hernias
  • Revisional esophageal surgery

Testing Options

  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy or upper endoscopy)
  • High-resolution esophageal manometry
  • Impedance pH monitoring
  • Wireless capsule pH testing

Treatment Options

  • Clip placement (for perforations/leaks)
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
  • Endoscopic suturing
  • Linx
  • Medications
  • Nissen and Toupet Fundoplication
  • Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)
  • Radiofrequency ablation of Barrett’s esophagus
  • Stricture dilation
  • Stent placement

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