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Esophageal Surgery

Esophageal Surgery

It’s easy to take your esophagus for granted. Without thinking about it, you swallow hundreds of times a day while eating, drinking, reading, exercising and even sleeping. But when something goes wrong, whether it’s heartburn that just won’t go away, problems swallowing or severe pain, you might need esophageal surgery.

Surgeons at MultiCare have unique expertise in performing esophageal surgery and offer some of the latest treatments available. They work with you and your physicians to address problems before they progress into something serious and help you regain quality of life.

Conditions We Treat

Our surgeons can address a variety of common and rare esophageal problems, including:

  • Achalasia, a rare problem in which food can back up into the esophagus
  • Acid reflux and its more severe counterpart, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Barret’s esophagus, a complication of GERD
  • Dysphagia, trouble swallowing
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastric (stomach) cancer
  • Hiatal hernia

Procedures We Perform

Esophageal surgery has advanced in recent years to be less invasive and cause fewer complications. At MultiCare, we specialize in minimally invasive and robotic surgical procedures that can address the conditions above, and many more.

Minimally invasive surgery allows you to:

  • Have surgery and go home the same day, in most cases
  • Recover faster
  • Experience less pain after surgery

Almost 90% of patients go home the same day, saving time, money and the need to spend the night in the hospital. Our pain management techniques focus on helping patients address pain without opioids and other narcotic pain medications.

Why Choose MultiCare for Esophageal Surgery

Our surgeons understand that some medications and treatments for esophageal problems can lead to long-term problems — and those treatments may not always address symptoms. At MultiCare, we provide patients the right solution for their unique health condition and problem. We work closely with area primary care providers, gastroenterologists and other specialists to make sure our patients get advanced care with minimal disruption to their daily lives. Our surgeons even host a fellowship program that allows other physicians in our area to learn about the best ways to treat gastrointestinal conditions.

Find a General Surgeon Near You

Learn more about our general surgeons specializing in esophageal surgery and how they can help you.