|NYU Medical Center does a full range of esophageal surgical procedures, which includes standard and minimally invasive treatment for benign and malignant esophageal conditions. Esophageal cancer is a malignancy that develops in the tissue that lines the hollow muscular canal of the esophagus. It can become a very painful condition because the cancer can obstruct the passage of food and liquid, making it difficult to swallow. The way a surgeon approaches esophageal cancer surgery is often dependent on tumor size, type and location. Our surgeons work to optimize patient care in conjunction with different departments; including oncology, radiation therapy and head and neck surgery.
Some swallowing disorders of the esophagus result from a diverticulum (out-pocketing) of the esophagus. A curative surgical procedure can now be approached through a small incision in the neck without having to open the chest to access the site of the diverticulum. The surgeon removes the diverticulum re-enabling swallowing and avoiding aspiration of food or liquids which can cause pneumonia.
Another minimally invasive esophageal procedure done here is surgery for achalasia. This swallowing disorder of the esophageal muscle may occur at any age but as a person gets older the chances increase. The surgeons at NYU Medical Center perform both elective and emergency surgery for all appropriate esophageal diseases.
- a spastic esophageal disorder, characterized by the loss of contractions in the smooth muscles which may include spasms of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES).