Foregut Surgery

Expertise combined with compassionate care 

The surgeons at Legacy Health are committed to providing patients with the most comprehensive and advanced care of foregut diseases. Some of these diseases include reflux disease, hiatal hernias, swallowing disorders and cancer. We strive to achieve the highest patient outcomes while also considering the treatment impact on our patients. Our patients are always foremost in our minds.

Our approach is defined by the use of the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments. We also conduct all diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of treating foregut disease. Wait time for patients is not long. We endeavor to facilitate patients as quickly as possible.

Our approach is also a collaboration between two departments: The general surgery and thoracic surgery departments. We have surgical staff trained with fellowships in foregut surgery. Combined with our staff trained in cardiothoracic surgery, we possess the fullest experience dealing with diseases and conditions in the chest and abdomen. We overlap in the foregut, which is the first part of the gut. We both treat it. In many cases — particularly complex ones — the two surgical staffs work together. 

Robotic surgery

One option when surgically treating foregut diseases is robotic surgery.

Robotic surgery provides for smaller incisions, greater precision and better visualization for the surgeon. This approach often makes for better patient outcomes. Patients may also experience reduced pain, improved recovery time and fewer complications.

Robotic technology is a complementary tool; it does not replace the skills and expertise of our surgeons. During robotic surgery, a surgeon uses — and directly controls — robotic technology to assist in operations. The technology allows for a more natural and ergonomic motion for the surgeon. 

Our promise

Beyond providing comprehensive and expert care, our staff prides itself on being more responsive and attentive to patients than others in our field. It’s paramount to us that our patients never feel abandoned and that they know we are always there to provide them with compassion and support. We are their caregivers and want to make sure that they know this.

We also try to give patients as much information as possible. This includes both operative and non-operative information. Our goal is to offer transparency and educate the patient about treatment goals, limitations and expectations. We provide comprehensive information but it is our patients who make the decisions. 

Partial list of diseases and conditions we treat

  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Achalasia
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Barrett’s Esophagus,
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastric Carcinoma
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hiatal and Paraesophageal Hernia
  • Swallowing Disorders