Gastroesophageal Surgery Program

Massachusetts General Hospital's Gastroesophageal Surgery Program offers advanced surgical options to treat the complete range of gastroesophageal conditions, including gastric and esophageal cancers and benign esophageal disease.

Surgeons in the Massachusetts General Hospital Gastroesophageal Surgery Program specialize in complex surgical techniques to treat gastric and esophageal cancers and benign esophageal disease. This specialization requires rigorous advanced training and a highly focused clinical practice dedicated to gastroesophageal disease management. 

Our surgeons offer new and innovative procedures, such as magnetic sphincter augmentation (LINX procedure) for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for the treatment of achalasia, endoscopic approaches to Zenker’s diverticulum and minimally invasive esophagectomy for the treatment of esophageal cancer.

Multidisciplinary Gastroesophageal Care

Our surgeons work closely with physicians in the Swallowing and Heartburn Center in the Digestive Healthcare Center and the Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers within the Mass General Cancer Center. Members of the care team work collaboratively to provide comprehensive, personalized treatment for cancer patients and other patients with complex gastroesophageal conditions.

Leaders in Gastroesophageal Surgery

Our surgeons have achieved a number of landmark milestones in treating gastroesophageal conditions. They are among the few in the country who can treat cancers of the stomach and esophagus in a completely minimally invasive manner. They are committed to being on the forefront of medical advances, sharing knowledge and expertise to more quickly develop procedures that can dramatically improve their patients’ quality of life.

Our surgeons were also among the first to perform antireflux surgery and repair hiatal hernias laparoscopically. Currently, we are employing new minimally invasive procedures to treat a number of conditions using natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery, more commonly known as NOTES. During these procedures, an endoscope is passed through a natural orifice of the body, where an internal incision is made to the stomach, bladder or colon. The technique avoids any external incisions or scars.

Easy Access for Patients and Referring Physicians

We pair patients and referring physicians with an experienced care coordinator, who helps assess patient needs and coordinate all necessary appointments and tests, as dictated by the specific disease process.

All requests will be triaged the same day, and the patient and referring physician will be called back to schedule an appointment within one business day. 

Patients and referring physicians may request an appointment online or call 617-724-1020 to speak with our care coordinator.

Conditions We Treat

Research demonstrates that high-volume experience results in improved outcomes for patients. Each year, our surgeons perform high volumes of surgical procedures for conditions including:

  • Achalasia (an uncommon esophageal disorder that makes swallowing difficult, often causing weight loss and other undesirable outcomes)
  • Esophageal diverticulum
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer, including prophylactic total gastrectomy for hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC) syndrome
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)
  • Hiatal hernias
  • Paraesophageal hernias

Our Procedures

We perform a full range of gastroesophageal surgical procedures, including:

  • Esophagectomy: Surgical removal of the esophagus
  • D2 node dissection: Provides a more complete surgical sample of the lymph nodes to ensure thorough diagnosis of gastric cancer
  • Laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair and laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair (minimally invasive): Repair of an enlarged opening in the diaphragm
  • Partial gastrectomy: Surgical removal of a part of the stomach
  • Total gastrectomy: Surgical removal of the entire stomach
  • Minimally invasive procedures: These offer shorter recovery times, smaller surgical scars and vagus nerve preservation:
    • Magnetic sphincter augmentation, commonly known as LINX (for GERD)
    • Laparoscopic antireflux surgery (for GERD and hiatal hernias)
    • Endoscopic myotomy, commonly known as POEM (for achalasia)
    • Endoscopic, transoral treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum
    • Laparoscopic Heller myotomies (for achalasia)
    • Laparoscopic procedures (for cancers and GIST tumors of the esophagus, stomach and gastroesophageal junction) 

Research & Clinical Trials

Our surgeons are accomplished researchers who are at the forefront of the latest surgical and medical innovations. Browse online for open clinical trials.

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is cancer that develops in the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) / Heartburn

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that is caused by gastric acid flowing from the stomach into the esophagus.

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach pushes up into the chest through a small opening in the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the stomach from the chest.

The following related clinical trials and research studies are currently seeking participants at Massachusetts General Hospital. Search for clinical trials and studies in another area of interest.

Massachusetts General Hospital offers new, less invasive treatment for GERD

Massachusetts General Hospital introduces an innovative procedure for patients experiencing symptoms of GERD. A bracelet of magnetic beads can help the lower esophageal sphincter to resist gastric pressures and prevent reflux.

Frequently asked questions: LINX® system

David Rattner, MD, chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery at the Mass General Digestive Healthcare Center, answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the LINX® Reflux Management System, a new treatment option for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Three months after surgery, patient has new lease on life

The MGH was the first hospital in New England to offer a new procedure in which a flexible bracelet of magnetic titanium beads is laparoscopically implanted around the esophagus to help treat GERD.

Magnetic esophageal sphincter device benefits patients with GERD

The New England Journal of Medicine publishes the three-year results of a study of the safety and effectiveness of a new device for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

New procedure is easy to swallow

The MGH offers its first per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure, a new surgical treatment for achalasia.

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection

Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a specialized endoscopic technique used by gastroenterologists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center to diagnose and remove large areas of early gastrointestinal cancers.

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an FDA-approved endoscopic technique used by specialists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Barrett's Esophagus Treatment Center to treat Barrett's esophagus.

Gastroesophageal Surgery Program

Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street, Blake 1570
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-1020

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