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Bay Surgical Specialists

Surgeons located in St. Petersburg, FL

Esophageal Surgery Specialist

Dr. Rossidis at Bay Surgical Specialists is highly trained and experienced in delivering esophageal surgical procedures. He helps patients from the Tampa Bay area to relieve a variety of conditions affecting the esophagus at Bay Surgical Specialists, located in St. Petersburg and Pasadena, FL.

Esophageal Surgery Q & A

Bay Surgical Specialists

What conditions are treated with esophageal surgery?

There are a number of conditions affecting the esophagus that can benefit from a number of surgical techniques.

  • GERD: Gastrointestinal reflux disease can sometimes be caused by a flimsy lower esophageal sphincter (LES). For severe GERD, surgery can restructure, tighten or install a supporting device to improve the juncture between the esophagus and the stomach, stopping the flow of stomach acid into the esophagus.
  • Narrow or obstructed esophagus: Strictures of the esophagus can be caused by deformation, growths or severe GERD. When the esophagus is so restricted that a person can not swallow effectively, surgery can be employed to open up the passage.
  • Motility disorders: When a person’s esophageal muscles are not able to contract enough or correctly to move food and liquid through the gullet, or if the LES does not open correctly to allow passage into the stomach, surgery can be used to correct any musculature issues.
  • Cancer: Surgery can be utilized to remove cancerous cells and growths from the esophagus.

What kind of surgical techniques are utilized?

Dr. Rossidis and his colleagues at Bay Surgical Specialists attempt to perform most surgeries laparoscopically as it makes the procedure and recovery easier for the patients. Esophagectomies are an effective way to remove tumors and growths from the esophagus to clear the passage. It can remove part or all of the esophagus. If only part is removed, the remaining parts are reattached so that normal eating and drinking can be resumed. Laparoscopic resections of the esophagus are also effective means of treating esophageal diverticular disease, which is when abnormal pockets grow on the esophagus. Radiofrequency ablation heats the tissue with a controlled burst of energy which typically removes tissue to a depth of one millimeter with one second of treatment. Radiofrequency ablation is used to treat cancerous and precancerous conditions including Barrett’s Esophagus, which is a precancerous condition caused by GERD.

How do I know if I need surgery?

Patients who think they have an esophageal disorder should seek medical assessment and advice as GERD and dysphagia, or a swallowing disorder, can cause significant disruption to normal day to day life. Dr. Rossidis will advise on the best course of treatment after an extensive exam and consult of a patient’s condition.

Insurances Accepted

This is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
AmeriGroup
Assurant Health
Averde
AvMed
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Cigna
Coventry Health Care
Humana
Medicaid
Medicare
Preferred Care Partners
Tricare
UnitedHealthcare
Wellcare
Location
Bay Surgical Specialists
960 7th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Phone: 727-228-8465
Fax: 727-825-1357
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Bay Surgical Specialists
960 7th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705