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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 innovative and minimally invasive 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.
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.
Research demonstrates that high-volume surgical experience results in improved outcomes for patients. Each year, our surgeons perform high volumes of surgical procedures for conditions including:
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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. Our surgeons are accomplished researchers who are at the forefront of the latest surgical and medical innovations, 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. We employ 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.
We pair patients and referring physicians with an experienced care coordinator who helps assess patient needs and coordinates all necessary appointments and tests.
All requests are 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.
Our surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures that offer shorter recovery times, smaller surgical scars and preservation of the vagus nerve (a nerve that transmits messages from the brain to the stomach):
Our surgeons perform complex procedures, including:
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Esophageal cancer is cancer that develops in the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that is caused by gastric acid flowing from the stomach into the esophagus.
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.
Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is cancer that starts in any part of the stomach.
Bob Hazelton lived with chronic acid reflux for years and was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011. After his surgical team at Massachusetts General Hospital performed a minimally invasive esophagectomy, Bob has a healthy esophagus and is getting back to his active lifestyle.
The MGH offers its first per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure, a new surgical treatment for achalasia.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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 (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.
LINX® Reflux Management System is an innovative minimally invasive procedure used by Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons to treat appropriately selected patients experiencing symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). For more information, visit massgeneral.org/LINX
Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a minimally invasive procedure used by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital to treat eligible patients experiencing symptoms of achalasia. For more information, visit massgeneral.org/POEM
Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) is a procedure performed by Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons using small incisions to remove a diseased esophagus and reconstruct the gastrointestinal tract. For more information, visit massgeneral.org/MIE
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