Benign Esophageal Diseases

Benign esophageal diseases encompass a variety of noncancerous problems with the esophagus. At the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai, our dedicated esophageal specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating these diseases. With vast expertise in both minimally invasive thoracic and abdominal surgery, we determine the best and least invasive approach for each individual patient with esophageal conditions such as:

Since the bulk of the esophagus lies in the chest, thoracic surgeons are often best equipped to treat these disorders, particularly complex cases, such as failed previous repairs and a short esophagus.

Benign Esophageal Diseases Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis of the type and severity of a benign esophageal disease requires several studies, including:

  • Swallow study: During this exam, oral contrast is swallowed and several X-rays are taken to follow its passage through the esophagus into the stomach.
  • Endoscopy: This is a procedure in which a thin camera is used to visualize the inside of the esophagus and stomach to see if there are any masses that may be secondarily causing these disorders. Biopsies can also be taken at the same time.
  • pH study: A probe is inserted into the esophagus and the amount of acid the esophagus is exposed to is measured as it refluxes up from the stomach.
  • Manometry: During this study, a pressure probe is inserted into the esophagus in order to measure how effective the muscles of the esophagus work.