Esophageal Surgery - CHI Health, Nebraska (NE) - Southwest Iowa (IA)

Our esophageal surgeons treat some of the most complex cases and are often called upon to perform “re-do” surgery for failed anti-reflux surgeries. In addition, our physicians perform the most esophageal procedures in the region.

Our experience includes:

  • Pioneering implementation of laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, including more than 5000 operations performed at Creighton University Medical Center.
  • The most widely utilized Esophageal Laboratory in the Midwest, with more than 5,000 manometries and 5,000 pH monitoring studies performed.
  • Experience with complex "re-do" operations, including more than 200 performed in the last eight years.
  • High volume center for esophagectomy, with approximately 30 performed per year.

Our physicians perform a variety of procedures for the treatment of gastroesophageal disorders and esophageal cancer. These include:

Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is a minimally invasive procedure that recreates the one-way valve separating the esophagus from the stomach. Laparoscopic surgery is performed through five small incisions. As a result, there is less pain, quicker recovery time, shorter hospital stay (usually one day) and a lower risk of infection. In addition, this minimally invasive procedure has a 90 percent cure rate.

Endoluminal Gastroplasty
Endoluminal gastroplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed through the mouth using a flexible endoscope, in which tucks are made at the end of the esophagus to create a tighter valve.

Laparoscopic Redo Fundoplication
Laparoscopic redo fundoplication is a reoperative surgery for failed anti-reflux surgeries. Ten percent of patients experience a recurrence of symptoms after laparoscopic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Heller Myotomy
The Heller myotomy procedure is performed with a laparoscope aided by the da Vinci™ robotic system for patients suffering with achalasia; a condition that prevents swallowing. During the procedure, the lower esophageal sphincter is divided to eliminate symptoms.

Esophagectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the esophagus and is a common treatment for esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer may be removed by a variety of procedures including open and laparoscopic operations. The surgeons of the Esophageal Center are capable of performing many operations commonly used today for esophageal cancer.