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Esophageal Cancer
Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

Lung Resection
Esophageal Resection
Nissen Fundoplication
Heller Myotomy


  • Esophageal Cancer
    Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer starts at the inside lining of the esophagus and spreads outward through the other layers as it grows.  
  • Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
    Non-small cell lung cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the lung.
  • Emphysema
    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking. COPD is often a mix of two diseases: Chronic bronchitis and Emphysema. With emphysema, the air sacs in the lungs are damaged and lose their stretch. Less air gets in and out of the lungs, which makes you feel short of breath. 
  • GERD
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) means that stomach acid and juices flow from the stomach back up into the tube that leads from the throat to the stomach (esophagus). This causes heartburn. When you have heartburn at least 2 times a week, it is called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. 
  • Achalasia
    Achalasia is a rare disorder of the esophagus, characterized by enlargement of the esophagus, impaired ability to push food down toward the stomach (peristalsis), and failure of the ring-shaped muscle at the bottom of the esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), to relax. 
  • Hyperhidrosis
    Primary hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder characterized by excessive sweating without known cause on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, in the armpits (axillary), in the groin area, and/or under the breasts.


  • Bronchoscopy
    Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. During a bronchoscopy, your doctor will examine your throat, larynx, trachea, and lower airways. Bronchoscopy may be done to diagnose problems with the airway or to treat problems such as an object or growth in the airway. 
  • Endoscopy
    An upper gastrointestinal (UGI) endoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at the interior lining of your esophagus, your stomach, and the first part of your small intestine (duodenum) through a thin, flexible viewing instrument called an endoscope. The tip of the endoscope is inserted through your mouth and then gently moved down your throat into the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (upper gastrointestinal tract). 
  • Mediastinoscopy
    Mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure to examine the inside of the upper chest between and in front of the lungs (mediastinum). During a mediastinoscopy, a small incision is made in the neck just above the breastbone or on the left side of the chest next to the breastbone. Then a thin scope (mediastinoscope) is inserted through the opening. A tissue sample (biopsy) can be collected through the mediastinoscope and then examined under a microscope for lung problems, such as infection, inflammation, or cancer.
  • Thoracoscopy
    A surgical procedure to look at the organs inside the chest to check for abnormal areas. An incision is made between two ribs and a thoracoscope (a thin, lighted tube) is inserted into the chest. Tissue samples and lymph nodes may be removed for biopsy. In some cases, this procedure may be used to remove portions of the esophagus or lung.
  • Thoracotomy
    Surgery to remove all or part of a lung involves making a cut on one side of your chest (thorax) during a procedure called a thoracotomy. Surgery that uses this approach avoids areas in the chest that contain the heart and the spinal cord. 
  • Laparoscopy
    Laparoscopy is a surgery that uses a thin, lighted tube put through a cut (incision) in the belly to look at the abdominal organs. Laparoscopy is used to find problems such as cysts, adhesions, fibroids, and infection. Fix a hiatal hernia or an inguinal hernia.
  • Lung Resection
  • Esophageal Resection
    Esophageal resection is the surgical removal of part of the esophagus. During a esophageal resection, the part of your esophagus that contains cancer is removed.
  • Nissen Fundoplication
    During fundoplication surgery, the upper curve of the stomach (the fundus) is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place so that the lower portion of the esophagus passes through a small tunnel of stomach muscle. This surgery strengthens the valve between the esophagus and stomach (lower esophageal sphincter), which stops acid from backing up into the esophagus as easily. This allows the esophagus to heal. 
  • Heller Myotomy

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