The Swallowing and Reflux Center is uniquely equipped to help you with symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, acid reflux or GERD, and more.
The center offers a variety of tests to aid in diagnosing and treating conditions related to swallowing and acid reflux, and includes a multidisciplinary approach involving specialists in esophageal and general surgery, registered nurses, clinical nutritionists, gastroenterologists, and interventional endoscopists.
Available testing includes:
- High-resolution esophageal manometry (HRM)
- Anorectal manometry
- Esophageal pH testing for heartburn
- Bravo pH monitoring
Our endoscopic procedures include:
- Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
- Endoscopic sub-mucosal dissection (ESD)
- Non-surgical anti-reflux procedures (TIF, LINX)
- Peroral endoscopic myomectomy (POEM)
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Laparoscopic, anti-reflux procedures
- Surgery for complex disorders such as cancers, gastrointestinal disorders, and difficulty swallowing
In addition to managing GERD and various swallowing disorders, our Barrett’s Esophagus Center provides expert clinical services in the management of Barrett’s Esophagus. This center includes a multidisciplinary team including esophageal surgeons, gastroenterologists, interventional endoscopists, clinical nutritionists, pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and nurse navigator.
Treatment options for Barrett’s Esophagus include cryoablation, radiofrequency ablation, endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic sub-mucosal dissection (ESD), and ESD techniques by our interventional endoscopy experts.
Complex cases are reviewed regularly by our multidisciplinary team to determine the best way to manage each patient’s specific disease.
Once you are scheduled for a procedure in the Swallowing and Reflux Center, a member of our team will contact you to provide more information and specific instructions to prepare for your appointment.
The University of Arizona, in coordination with Banner – University Medicine, conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials to support a commitment to improving patient care. As a patient at Banner – University Medical Center, you may be eligible to participate, meaning you’ll have access to new treatments, which may not yet be available to the public.
Barrett’s esophagus is defined by changes in the cells lining the esophagus. It is often caused by acid reflux and can be a precursor to esophageal cancer. While not all esophageal cancers can be prevented, understanding how to reduce your risk for both Barrett’s and cancer is important for your health.
Prevention includes reducing your intake of alcohol and tobacco, and maintaining a healthy weight. Treatments for GERD, including medication management and surgical procedures, may help prevent Barrett’s esophagus. If you suffer from acid reflux, the Digestive Diseases Institute can work with you to identify the best treatment for your condition.