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This multidisciplinary clinical and research program brings together a team of esophageal disorder experts offering state of the art, tailored treatment options to help patients with esophageal disorders feel better. As the only dedicated program of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area, it brings together years of pioneering research and clinical experience, treating all forms of esophageal diseases with exceptional care, knowledge and dedication.
Expert Care for Esophagus Disorders at Stanford Health Care
Treatments available through our Esophagus Center include:
Peroral endoscopic myotomy: This innovative procedure loosens up stiff muscles in your esophagus while leaving no scars and is used to treat achalasia and other select esophageal motility disorders. We are one of just a few programs in the country offering peroral endoscopic myotomy.
Heller myotomy: A minimally invasive procedure to open your lower esophageal sphincter by carefully placing small cuts in stiffened muscle tissue. Learn more about Heller myotomy.
Esophagus reconstruction: We reconstruct and strengthen portions of your esophagus using controlled beams of low-frequency heat with the help of the Stretta® device. Learn more about esophagus reconstruction.
Transoral incisionless fundoplication: Reconstructing the valve between your esophagus and stomach through a minimally invasive procedure using the EsophyX® device. Learn more about transoral incisionless fundoplication.
Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication: This procedure reinforces the closing function of your esophagus by wrapping the upper part of your stomach around the lower part of your esophagus. Learn more about laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication.
Magnetic reflux management device: With the help of an implantable (Linx®) device, this procedure prevents stomach acid from pushing back into your esophagus while also allowing your lower esophagus to open for easy swallowing. Learn more about treatment with a magnetic reflux management device.
Collis gastroplasty: This minimally invasive procedure lengthens your esophagus, making more surface space available to perform a fundoplication procedure. You may need Collis gastroplasty if you have a shortened esophagus due to conditions such as Barrett's esophagus.
Ablation for esophagus disorders: At Stanford, we offer a range of minimally invasive techniques for removing precancerous tissue using hot or cold energy. Learn more about ablation for esophagus disorders.
Esophagus resection: Also known as esophagectomy, during this surgical procedure we remove a portion of your esophagus to treat precancerous or cancerous conditions. Learn more about esophagus resection.
Endoscopic submucosal dissection: During this minimally invasive procedure, we remove precancerous tissue from the inner lining of your esophagus. Learn more about endoscopic submucosal dissection.
Dilation and stenting: Dilation gently stretches narrowed tissue in your esophagus to create a wider opening (dilation). Implanting a special device (stent) helps keep it open. Learn more about dilation and stenting.
Botulinum toxin for digestive disorders: Injecting very small quantities of botulinum toxin (Botox®) into the muscles of your esophagus can help them relax, allowing food to pass through with ease. Learn more about botulinum toxin for esophagus disorders.
Gastric bypass for esophagus disorders: Reducing the volume of food your stomach can handle and creating a new connection (bypass) to your small intestines, gastric bypass for gastrointestinal disorders helps your stomach produce less acid and can improve your GERD symptoms.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
Please confirm the location of your appointment as our doctors and staff see patients at multiple locations.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
For endoscopic procedures:
You will receive written preparation instructions from the clinic or your doctor.
Please ensure that your referring doctor has obtained and faxed insurance
authorization for your procedure to 1-650-723-8305.
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Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions, visit Referring Physicians.
HOW TO REFER
Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.
Medical records include:
Any endoscopy reports
Pathology reports from all biopsies
Recent clinical notes from any doctor involved with your esophageal diagnosis
Any fluoroscopy or motility study reports
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