Forgut Surgeries

Forgut Surgeries

Forgut Surgeries services offered in Lone Tree, CO

If you have a hiatal hernia, Barrett’s esophagus, or another problem in your upper digestive tract, you could need foregut surgery. At the Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery, a part of SOFI Research, LLC, the team of skilled surgeons headed by Reginald Bell, MD, and Philip Woodworth, MD, uses the latest advances to treat patients at their Lone Tree, Colorado, office. Book your appointment now by phone or use the online scheduling link.

Forgut Surgeries Q & A

Both doctors performing foregut surgery

What is foregut surgery?

Foregut surgery is a group of procedures that treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions in the upper gastrointestinal tract (the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine).

What kinds of foregut surgeries are there?

The Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery offers several advanced minimally invasive foregut surgeries, including:


Myotomy is a procedure to treat achalasia, a disorder that causes swallowing problems. Myotomy can be done using small-incision and incisionless techniques.

A myotomy involves cuts in the esophagus to relieve excessive tightening and allow more comfortable swallowing.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation treats Barrett’s esophagus caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery team uses the leading radiofrequency ablation advances for Barrett’s esophagus procedures, including the Barrx™ Halo® technology from Medtronic in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Radiofrequency ablation destroys the unhealthy Barrett’s tissue (precancerous cells) but doesn’t damage the surrounding healthy tissue.

Hiatal hernia repair

Up to 90% of people with GERD have hiatal hernias. The top of their stomach pushes through a hole in their diaphragm (the muscle between the chest and abdomen). While most hiatal hernias don’t require surgery, a large hiatal hernia can be dangerous if not treated.

The team uses minimally invasive hernia repair techniques, ranging from incisionless methods to small-incision laparoscopic approaches, based on the hernia’s size and your individual needs.

These are just a few of the procedures offered by the Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery. If one isn’t right for you, the team can help you find a long-term treatment that works.

The surgeons are foregut experts with a long history of effectively treating GERD, hiatal hernias, Barrett’s esophagus, achalasia, and other disorders. The team uses the latest technology to give you the best results from your foregut surgery. Their ultimate goal is to improve your long-term quality of life.

What happens after foregut surgery?

In most cases, foregut surgeries are minimally invasive, and you can return home the same day. The Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery team provides personalized recovery instructions based on your procedure, condition, and unique needs.

At the Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery, you’ll see the most experienced and knowledgeable foregut surgery experts in the greater Denver area. Call the Lone Tree office now or click on the online booking tool to schedule your consultation.