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Esophageal Surgery

Combining state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical technology with the latest research and clinical trials, UC San Diego Health System offers the highest level of esophageal care.

The esophagus is a thin muscular tube behind the trachea and heart that connects the throat to the stomach. Just before entering the stomach, the esophagus passes through the diaphragm.

Esophageal disorders can result in heartburn, difficulty swallowing, severe weight loss and, in some cases, an increased risk of esophageal cancer.

We treat the full spectrum of esophageal disorders including:
  • Achalasia
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Esophageal spasm
  • Dysphagia
  • Nutcracker esophagus
  • Esophageal perforation
  • Esophageal diverticula
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Caustic esophageal injury
  • Esophageal cancer - Read more about esophageal cancer treatment at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

A multidisciplinary team of surgeons, radiologists, gastroenterologists and oncologists operate the Esophageal Center. Our surgeons use a combination of laparoscopic, endoscopic, robotic and open surgical approaches to address these conditions.

Read more about the conditions we address through the links above.