Esophagus Disorders

Esophagus connecting mouth to stomach, highighted in pinkThe esophagus, shown in pink, connects the mouth to the stomach, and is the major entry point for all food in the body. It contains an upper and lower sphincter which act as valves to keep digestion moving in the right direction.

Conditions we Treat:

  • Barrett's esophagus – Barrett’s is a specific condition that involves a change in the cells of the esophagus which may increase the risk for cancer, and is typically caused by chronic acid reflux. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, we can now evaluate and treat Barrett’s in its early stages using a minimally invasive approach to help reduce your risk of cancer and hasten your recovery.

Watch the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) video animation.

  • Cancer, tumors, and lesions of the esophagus – Conditions like these can be hard to swallow – literally. Our team of experts have been early adopters of the latest advances in ultrasound and laser scanning technologies, called optical tomography, and can provide you with diagnostic and treatment accuracy unparalleled in South Texas. We also partner with our skilled thoracic surgery group to manage patients with more advanced disease, providing the most accurate and precise surgical approach possible.