Achalasia occurs when the valve at the bottom of your esophagus that allows food into the stomach does not open causing a sensation of obstruction or regurgitation of food.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

GERD occurs when there is stomach acid that flows back into the esophagus (tube from your mouth to your stomach) and causes pain or an acid taste in the back your throat.

Hiatial Hernia/Paraesophageal Hernia

This occurs when the upper part of the stomach pushes up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, resulting in retention of contents that can easily back up into the esophagus.

Reoperative Foregut Surgery

Previous hiatal hernia surgery can fail and occasionally can lead to the return of previous symptoms or the development of new symptoms. Reoperative foregut surgeries are performed to address these.

Zenker’s Diverticulum

Zenker's diverticulum is a pouch located in the neck where food can get stuck or lodged. It is caused by a weakness in the muscles of the cervical esophagus.

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The Swallowing and Heartburn Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center provides both primary treatment and second opinion evaluations for throat, esophagus and stomach disorders.