Specialists with Temple's Esophageal Disorders Program diagnose and treat conditions that affect the esophagus, the muscular tube that moves food from the mouth and throat to the stomach. Eating and swallowing are two of the most basic functions the body performs.
At Temple, we understand that eating and swallowing problems can affect more than your physical health. These problems can make spending time with family and friends difficult, and impact your quality of life. We're dedicated to finding solutions to help you feel and live better.
Our team of specialists treats a wide spectrum of diseases and disorders of the esophagus, from esophageal cancer and Barrett's esophagus to GERD/acid reflux, paralysis, swallowing problems, and immune disorders like eosinophilic esophagitis. We tailor treatment plans to your needs, and offer advanced procedures to help our patients recover the ability to speak, swallow and breathe without difficulty.
Some patients with GERD also have lung disease, which can make symptoms worse. It’s important that you seek care from physicians who are skilled in treating this overlap, so that your GERD can be managed properly.
Our Esophageal Disorders Program includes gastroenterologists and specialists in complex and minimally invasive surgery, who collaborate closely with other specialists across Temple Health to provide you with comprehensive care.
Leader in Minimally Invasive Treatments
Temple is a leader in minimally invasive esophageal endoscopic and surgical techniques that may reduce complications and help you heal faster. Some of these minimally invasive options include the LINX procedure and fundoplication surgery.
Patients also come to us to treat symptoms of scarring or other side effects of previous surgeries.
Expertise Across Specialties
- Our multidisciplinary team combines technical skill with a breadth and depth of understanding in all areas affecting the esophagus. Along with gastroenterologists and surgeons, our team includes oncologists, radiologists, otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, speech and physical therapists and other specialists who collaborate across Temple Health.
- Specialists in our Esophageal Disorders Program have been named to Philadelphia magazine’s “Top Doctors”, and selected by their peers as being among the “Best Doctors in America.”