General Surgery

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Division of General Surgery


Foregut (Upper Gastrointestinal) Surgery Program


What is Foregut Surgery?

The foregut consists of the esophagus (the tube connecting your mouth to your stomach), stomach, and upper small intestines (duodenum, jejunum). The foregut is also known as the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The diseases and conditions that can affect the upper GI tract are often very different than those that afflict the rest of the GI tract (such as the colon). The surgical procedures that are performed to address these upper GI diseases (such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatal hernia, achalasia, and gastroparesis) require a unique set of skills, techniques, and approaches. 

Leaders in Innovative Patient Care

Many recent studies have demonstrated that for certain procedures, surgeons who specialize achieve the best results. Because we specialize in minimally invasive and laparoscopic treatment for conditions of the esophagus and stomach, we are often referred some of the most difficult and complicated cases by our surgical colleagues throughout the Midwest. Our Laparoscopic Fellowship trained surgeons are nationally and internationally known experts in minimally invasive foregut surgery. Our patients receive advanced, cutting edge therapies and fully coordinated care with our colleagues in specialties such as Gastroenterology and Otolaryngology. More information on many of the upper GI diseases we treat most often can be found by following the links on the left side of this screen. If you would like an appointment with a Foregut Surgeon in our Program, please contact us at (800) 272-3666.  Make sure you ask for one of the Foregut Surgeons in the Division of General Surgery, or ask for one of us by name. 

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