Esophageal Diverticulum

The Thoracic Surgeons at Yale offer their expertise in treating and managing special conditions of the esophagus, such as esophageal diverticulum. Esophageal diverticulum are unique “outpouchings” of the esophagus that can occur throughout the esophagus. The cause of the diverticula can include problems with the movement of the esophageal musculature or previous infections, among other causes. Patients with this problem can present with symptoms including difficulty swallowing, but this may also be tied into the cause also. Other unusual symptoms, such as bad breath or regurgitation of undigested food, can also occur.

As faculty of the Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery, our nationally and internationally renowned surgeons are continually redefining standards of care through their comprehensive skill, innovative procedures, ongoing research, and the application of evidence-based medicine.

The thoracic surgery practice encompasses all aspects of your total esophageal health, including diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care. To assure a comprehensive treatment approach, our surgeons work as part of a multidisciplinary team at Yale, composed of other nationally and internationally recognized experts in esophageal disease. By collectively reviewing your entire case, our multidisciplinary team can determine the best diagnostic and treatment options for you. 

Our surgeons are highly skilled at performing even the most advanced surgical techniques for both common and complex conditions. At Yale Thoracic Surgery, we know that the surgical process can feel intimidating, which is why our surgeons will walk you through the process, step by step, so that you understand the procedure and feel comfortable with your treatment options.