The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach for digestion. Surgery on the esophagus is performed to treat various disorders. Our surgeon, Dr. Prasad, has experience in performing all types of surgical procedures for correcting esophageal disorders. Dr. Prasad uses the most advanced surgical tools and procedures that offer patient a less invasive surgical option.
Reasons for Esophageal Surgery
When the esophagus does not function properly, it can lead to various health problems, which may require surgery to treat. There are several symptoms that may indicate a serious esophageal disorder, which include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Spitting up food after eating
- Spitting up blood
- Frequent burping
- Pain in chest after swallowing
- Unintended weight loss
These symptoms may indicate a serious esophageal disorder, including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Paraesophageal hernia
- Achalasia (difficulty swallowing)
- Esophageal cancer
Common Tests to Diagnose Esophagus Problems
The following tests are performed to detect problems with your esophagus:
- Upper GI (gastrointestinal) series – is a series of X-rays that observes in real time what happens when you swallow.
- Endoscopy - a procedure performed by a gastroenterologist during which a thin tube with a camera and light is passed through the esophagus. This allows for direct visualization of tissue in the esophagus, stomach and first part of small intestine.
- Biopsy - is when a little bit of tissue is taken from the esophagus and examined by a pathologist for esophageal cancer or other conditions. This is usually performed during endoscopy.
- CT scan - provides a detailed look at the anatomy and relationship of the esophagus to other structures.
- 24 hour pH study – a small probe is placed in your stomach to measure acidity for 24 hours.
- Esophageal Manometry – this tests the contraction and relaxation of the esophagus to better understand how it moves food into the stomach.
Common Surgical Procedures
- Nissen Fundoplication – This surgery is performed to reduce symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux. It involves wrapping the top of the stomach around the esophagus.
- Heller Myotomy – This surgery is performed on people who are unable to or have difficulty swallowing. It loosens the muscles of the lower esophagus.
- Esophagectomy – This procedure is performed to remove esophageal cancer. Part or all of the esophagus may be removed, depending on location and/or size of cancer.
Why Choose Us for Esophageal Surgery?
Dr. Prasad is highly experienced in each of the surgical procedures
listed above. He uses the most advanced technology to offer the least invasive surgical option. This often leads to better outcomes and a shorter recovery time. Call us at 907-276-3676 to get the best treatment option or answer any questions you may have.