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What Is a Complete Esophageal Workup? Apr 16th, 2021

Your esophagus connects your throat to your stomach. Muscular and tube-shaped, your esophagus contracts when you swallow, pushing your food down into your stomach for digestion. Esophageal issues, like esophageal motility disorders or esophageal cancer, can cause serious complications for your long-term digestive health. That’s why a complete esophageal workup...

What Is a GIST Tumor and How Is It Treated? Mar 12th, 2021

Your body functions in large part due to autonomic nerves, which control essential functions that you likely don’t think about until there is a problem. Examples are your breathing and your heart rate. Another example of autonomic nerve control is in your digestive system, where food is broken down in...

LINX as a Treatment for GERD Feb 16th, 2021

Up to 20% of people in the United States deal with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) at some point in their lives. This condition, which occurs when acid from your stomach travels up into your esophagus, can cause serious complications if left untreated.  Acid reflux and heartburn symptoms of GERD can...

Signs You Have a Hiatal Hernia Jan 18th, 2021

Hiatal hernias can seriously interfere with your health. At the Center for Advanced Surgery, with offices in Dallas, Plano, and Tyler, Texas, board-certified gastroesophageal surgeons Marc Ward, MD, FACS, and Steven Leeds, MD, FACS, can diagnose and treat your hiatal hernia.  Whether you need help adjusting your diet or a...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

How We Treat Stomach Cancer Dec 16th, 2020

If you have stomach or gastric cancer, harmful mutations take place in the different types of cells that make up your stomach. To deal with this serious condition, you need expert treatment and care. That’s why you should turn to our team at the Center for Advanced Surgery. Our specialized...

What Causes Diverticulum? Nov 13th, 2020

Your digestive tract connects your mouth with your stomach and, eventually, your intestines. It’s important for your digestive tract to function smoothly, so your body can absorb needed nutrients from your food and efficiently eliminate waste. If you have a digestive tract condition like diverticulosis, which involves the formation of...

Am I at Risk for Esophageal Cancer? Oct 15th, 2020

How often do you think about your esophagus? Probably not very often, as long as you’re not having trouble with the food you eat getting from your mouth to your stomach with no discomfort. The esophagus is the tube that connects those points. Several forms of cancer, including squamous cell...

How We Treat Achalasia Sep 8th, 2020

Achalasia can cause symptoms that mimic those related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, medications and other therapies that physicians use to treat GERD are ineffective for achalasia because of the underlying cause of the condition. Our gastroenterology team at Center for Advanced Surgery, with locations in Dallas and Plano,...