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 the stomach into the esophagus causes heartburn and ulcers. These ulcers can bleed slowly or massively (massive bleeding is an emergency), 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 vital medicines and will benefit from a surgery called fundoplication done with VATS or Robotic Surgery.
- Achalasia is a condition in which the lower part of the oesophagus muscles fails to relax, preventing food from passing into the stomach, causing a functional obstruction. Balloon dilatation or surgery can often be treated 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.
We provide a wide range of minimally invasive and open surgical treatments at our centre for GERD, achalasia, paraesophageal hernia, Barrett’s esophagus and benign esophageal tumours. These are beneficial because, in some cases, they may eliminate the need for more complex surgeries. 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.