The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food from a person’s mouth to their stomach. The foregut refers to the section of the digestive system, which extends from the mouth to the beginning of the small intestine. The Swallowing and Reflux Center at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Digestive Disease Institute specializes in diseases that affect the esophagus. A multidisciplinary team of experts provide patients with comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and treatments for a variety of esophageal problems.
The Swallowing and Reflux Center at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi treats patients with a wide variety of disorders
of the esophagus, including:
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
GERD, also called acid reflux or frequent heartburn, is the most common esophageal disorder in which acid-containing contents from the stomach keep leaking back up into the esophagus. This happens because the valve at the end of the esophagus, called the lower esophageal sphincter, doesn’t close properly when food arrives in the stomach. Acid backwash then flows back up through the esophagus, into the throat and mouth, resulting in a sour taste.
The main symptoms of GERD are persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation. Some people have GERD without heartburn. Instead, they experience pain in the chest, hoarseness in the morning or trouble swallowing. You may feel like you have food stuck in your throat, or like you are choking or your throat is tight. GERD can also cause a dry cough and bad breath.
The Swallowing and Reflux Center at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is committed to providing the highest quality of care that puts Patients First. Our team of specialists is highly trained in a variety of procedures for the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of disorders of the foregut and esophagus, all in the same facility.
Diagnosis of Swallowing and Reflux
The most common symptoms for esophageal conditions include dysphagia (pain or difficulty when swallowing), heartburn, and chest pain.
After an initial consultation with a medical specialist, patients will likely undergo a number of diagnostic tests, which may include:
Treatment of Swallowing and Reflux
Treatments are available for a variety of patient conditions. Treatment options include surgery, minimally invasive surgery, balloon dilation, medications, and recommendations for lifestyle changes.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Swallowing and Reflux Center is run by a multidisciplinary team that includes
physicians, nurses, and medical assistants with special expertise in esophageal
disorders. The team of caregivers includes: