The University of Chicago Medicine has many experts who specialize in minimally invasive surgery for esophageal disorders. Our surgeons take a team approach in the diagnosis and treatment of all esophageal disorders, and work closely with other experts in esophageal care and thoracic surgery as part of the Center for Esophageal Diseases.

Photo of esophageal surgeons Vivek Prachand, MD and Yalini Vigneswaran, MD, MS
Esophageal surgeons Vivek Prachand, MD and Yalini Vigneswaran, MD, MS

Esophageal Disorders Treated with Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Anti-Reflux Surgery: A Patient Success Story

Musician Michael Meadows came to UChicago Medicine to treat his acid reflux. Dr. Yalini Vigneswaran came up with a plan to treat more than just his acid reflux so he could return to the stage.

Eating Again After Achalasia

Eating and drinking became increasingly difficult for Dorian Brantley. Gastroenterologists diagnosed achalasia — a rare digestive disorder that affects the muscles between the esophagus and the stomach. Brantley had a peroral endoscopic myotomy to correct the problem. Now, she is back to enjoying all her favorite foods again.
Dorian Brantley, University of Chicago patient and UChicago Medicine nurse, eating pizza again after her achalasia surgery