Our gastroenterologists have completed specialized training and are highly skilled in the use of endoscopy to diagnose dysphagia and other esophageal motility disorders. Our board-certified surgeons have additional fellowship training in thoracic surgery. This includes specialized procedures in and around the esophagus.
A Team of Specialists for Your Condition
Because dysphagia can result from many different conditions, a team of experts from different specialties may be involved in your care. This may include highly trained, board-certified speech pathologists and otolaryngologists as well as gastroenterologists and neurologists. We work together to ensure you receive the best treatment for your condition.
More Complex Procedures
If your condition requires surgery, you may benefit from our use of robot-assisted surgery, which allows our surgeons to visualize the surgical site better. The precision of the robotic tools allows us to do more complex procedures in smaller areas and place sutures with greater accuracy.
Our specialists have made major contributions that have improved treatment and outcomes for people with esophageal dysphagia, and conduct clinical trials to uncover better treatment options. For example, Duke doctors pioneered endoscopic staple diverticulostomy (ESD), the first minimally invasive surgery for Zenker’s diverticulum.