The Center is the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary program of its kind in the Rochester region.
More than 60 million Americans struggle with heartburn at least once a month and some 15 million Americans experience heartburn symptoms daily, according to the American College of Gastroenterology.
Other common conditions, which will be treated under the new specialty center program, include hiatal hernia, Barrett’s esophagus, motility disorders, achalasia, and disorders interfering with swallowing.
“These conditions of the esophagus are extremely common, and patients do not need to suffer,” said Patrick Okolo, MD, Chief of Gastroenterology at Rochester Regional Health. “We want to offer patients an option to receive care under one coordinated multidisciplinary program. That’s why we’ve brought together experts from gastroenterology, bariatric surgery and cardiothoracic surgery – to offer state-of-the-art techniques that address reflux and esophagus issues, from one coordinated team.”
The specialty center will address patient cases with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach where a team of physicians work together to develop a unique treatment plan for each patient. While physicians are located throughout Western NY and the Finger Lakes region for treatment, diagnostic testing will take place at Rochester General Hospital. Treatment options range from lifestyle modifications and medication therapy, to cancer surveillance and a range of minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques.
“We have several new minimally invasive surgical treatment options, including the LINX implant, where we place a ring of flexible magnets around the lower part of the esophagus to reinforce the closing function and prevent acid from going back up,” said Alok Gandhi, DO, Bariatric Surgeon at Rochester Regional Health.
Other inn ovative technologies our team uses include:
Esophageal cancer is another condition treated by the Center and accounts for about one percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States, with about 17,000 cases diagnosed in the country. Risk factors for esophageal cancer include:
The Center monitors and tracks patients with abnormal esophageal lining who may be at increased risk for esophageal cancer.
The Rochester Regional Health Center for GERD and Foregut Disorders provides personalized management of all types of esophageal and gastric diseases. Whatever your reason for visiting the Center, our team is dedicated to helping you find answers, and ultimately, relief.Learn More
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