The esophagus is a pipe which carries food and water from the mouth to the stomach.
It is affected by a variety of disorders
- Acid going back from stomach into the esophagus and causing heart burn and ulcers. These ulcers can bleed slowly or massively (massive bleeding is an emergency). This is called Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD. Most cases are treated with medicines and lifestyle changes. A certain proportion of these patients will continue to have symptoms despite strong medicines and will benefit by a surgery called fundoplication done with VATS or Robotic Surgery.
- Achalasia– Is a condition in which the muscles of the lower part of the oesophagus fail to relax, preventing food from passing into the stomach causing a functional obstruction.This can often be treated by a balloon dilatation or surgery by keyhole surgery (VATS) or Robotic Surgery.
- Benign Esophageal Tumours occur in the esophagus and can become very large and can produce many complications. These tumours should therefore be operated as soon as the diagnosis is made.
At our center, we provide a wide range of minimally invasive and open surgical treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), achalasia, paraesophageal hernia, and Barrett’s esophagus and benign esophageal tumours . These are beneficial because, in some cases, they may eliminate the need for more complex surgeries, and in most cases, minimally invasive treatments reduce the patient’s length of hospital stay and shorten recovery time. We are specially trained in these methods to treat non-malignant esophageal diseases