Minimally Invasive Procedures

These new techniques have the benefit of faster recovery times, smaller surgical scars and greater nerve preservation.

Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation (LINX)

A flexible band of magnetic titanium beads is placed around the esophagus to support the lower esophageal sphincter (the muscle that opens and closes to allow food to enter and stay in the stomach).

Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery

Treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernias.

Laparoscopic Repair

Typically of an enlarged opening in the diaphragm (treatment for hiatal and paraesophageal hernias).

Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)

A minimally invasive procedure used by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital to treat eligible patients experiencing symptoms of achalasia.

Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy

A treatment for achalasia where small incisions are made in the abdomen to allow access to the esophageal sphincter muscle.

Endoscopic, Transoral Treatment for Zenker’s Diverticulum

A specialized instrument is passed through the mouth to divide the common wall between the Zenker's diverticulum and the esophagus, opening the diverticulum and splitting the muscle.

Laparoscopic Procedures

For cancers and gastrointestinal stromal tumors of the esophagus, stomach and gastroesophageal junction.

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)

A minimally invasive procedure with no incisions in the abdomen to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Reoperative Hiatal Hernia Surgery

Reoperation for recurrent hiatal hernias after prior hiatal hernia surgery.

Per Oral Pyloromyotomy (POP)

POP is a treatment for gastroparesis that allows surgeons to open up the pylorus using only a gastroscope, as opposed to the traditional treatment.

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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.