Esophagus Problems Specialist

Colorado Gastroenterology -  - Gastroenterologist

Colorado Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Denver, CO & Aurora, CO

Your esophagus involuntarily moves food from your throat to your stomach, a process you don’t think about unless it’s not working right. Men and women who suffer from acid reflux and other GI conditions know firsthand how imperative the esophagus is and are encouraged to contact Colorado Gastroenterology for expert treatment. If you’re looking for relief from heartburn or swallowing difficulties, schedule an appointment at the Denver or Aurora office over the phone.

Esophagus Problems Q & A

What is the esophagus?

The esophagus is a muscular tube that forms a pathway between the throat and the stomach. The mucosa tissue and muscles in the tube help food slide down into the stomach, even when you’re lying down.

The upper and lower portions of the esophagus each have different functions:

  • Upper esophageal sphincter: controllable muscles near the throat that prevent substances that enter the throat from going down the windpipe
  • Lower esophageal sphincter: involuntary muscles near the stomach that prevent stomach substances from exiting

What does the esophagus do for the body?

The esophagus is one of the most vital components of the gastrointestinal tract. The tube is responsible for moving food to the stomach in a series of muscle contractions. At the same time, the muscle contractions prevent food and other secretions from traveling from the throat to the windpipe or from the stomach backward.

The esophagus is also involved in the following processes.

  • Swallowing
  • Burping
  • Breathing
  • Vomiting

Any problem or interruption to these muscle contractions can result in an esophagus condition.

What conditions affect the esophagus?

If the esophagus doesn’t fully close or becomes inflamed, you may experience one of the following esophageal conditions.

  • Heartburn: Stomach acid backs up into the esophagus
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Frequent heartburn or reflux
  • Esophageal stricture: Narrowing of the esophagus
  • Dysphagia: Problems swallowing
  • Esophagitis: Inflamed esophagus

Reflux and other esophageal problems can lead to ulcers, tears, and rings of tissue in the esophagus, making swift treatment at Colorado Gastroenterology imperative.

When should I see a doctor for esophagus troubles?

You should see a specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology if any of the following apply to you.

  • You have symptoms of one of the conditions mentioned above
  • You have frequent, uncomfortable reflux
  • You experience excessive gas or burping
  • You have troubles eating, including swallowing, vomiting, or pain
  • You haven’t found relief for your condition with conservative methods
  • Your primary care provider refers you to a gastroenterologist

If you need to see an esophagus specialist, make an appointment with Colorado Gastroenterology for an evaluation. Call to book.

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