Benign Esophageal Disease

At Stanford, we provide a wide range of minimally invasive surgical treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), achalasia, paraesophageal hernia, and Barrett’s esophagus. Minimally invasive treatments are beneficial because, in some cases, they may eliminate the need for more complex surgeries, and in most cases, minimally invasive treatments reduce the patient's length of hospital stay and shorten recovery time. We have general thoracic surgeons that are specially trained in these methods to treat non-malignant esophageal diseases.

Drs. Mark Berry, Natalie Lui, and Doug Liou have a special interest in minimal access surgery. They can perform laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). At Stanford, patients with GERD will receive state-of-the-art evaluation for reflux. Our preoperative evaluation includes endoscopy, barium esophagram, and a 24-pH probe study. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is performed through five small incisions and provides effective therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease. Patients are usually discharged home within three days of the procedure. We count among our surgeons some of the most experienced in performing laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication in the San Francisco Bay Area and the country.

If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our surgeons for any of these problems, please call (650) 498-6000 and ask for the Thoracic Surgery new patient coordinator, or call (650) 721-2086.

The Division of Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California. For more information about our services, please contact Donna Yoshida at (650) 721-2086 or Angela Lee, RN, MS, at (650) 721-5402. For new patient Thoracic Surgery Clinic Scheduling, please call (650) 498-6000.