Trachea and Esophagus Conditions

Learn More About Treatment For Swallowing Disorders

ENTs diagnose and treat a number of conditions of the trachea and esophagus, including swallowing disorders and Zenker’s diverticulum. Aurora Health Care ENTs perform surgical procedures to correct these problems. A few of the procedures offered at Aurora Health Care are:

  • Esophageal dilation – This is a procedure done to dilate (stretch) a narrowed portion of the esophagus in order to improve swallowing function and decrease a sensation of something being stuck in the throat.
  • Foreign body extraction – If an object gets lodged in the trachea (windpipe) or esophagus (swallowing tube), it may need to be removed by a surgeon. ENTs at Aurora perform procedures to remove foreign bodies to prevent or treat difficulties with breathing or swallowing.
  • Tracheostomy – This procedure is performed to help get air into your lungs when your nose and mouth are blocked. During a tracheostomy, an ENT will create a hole in the front of your neck that goes into your trachea. There are many reasons people have tracheostomies. ENTs typically work with people who have swallowing disorders or any condition that blocks the upper airway.
  • Endoscopic Zenker’s diverticulectomy – Endoscopic Zenker’s diverticulectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to treat Zenker diverticulum – a condition that reduces the ability to swallow solids and liquids. This minimally invasive procedure is preferred by many surgeons over the traditional open surgery because it significantly reduces risks to the patient, along with reducing complications and improving quality of life after surgery.

Sometimes Aurora ENTs will perform a test called a transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) to look at your esophagus. It’s often done to help find the cause of swallowing problems. During the test, your ENT will insert a flexible tube with a camera on it through your nose and into your esophagus. With that camera, your ENT can take photos of the inside of your esophagus and can remove tissue to test it (biopsy).

Why Come to Aurora Health Care?

When it comes to caring for your health, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ear, nose and throat specialists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced treatments available today.

At Aurora, you’re an important part of your health care team, and you can expect outstanding care.

  • We have experts to meet all of your needs – Every ENT at Aurora is a board-certified otolaryngologist (ENT), and many have additional certifications and specializations. So no matter which condition you have, Aurora has a doctor to treat it.
  • We’re dedicated to patient care – At Aurora, every team member, from customer service representatives to techs to nurses to doctors, shares the goal of providing outstanding care in a patient-focused, compassionate environment.
  • We offer innovative treatment options – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including leading-edge microsurgeries that can improve outcomes and quality of life.
  • You can get immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. If your ear, nose and throat doctor thinks you should see another specialist, he or she can make a referral and get you an appointment right away.
  • All Aurora doctors are connected – Because Aurora is a large health care system, there are doctors across the state of Wisconsin to serve you. And, if you are seen in Green Bay and later in Milwaukee, your medical records will be available to each and every health professional within our integrated health care system.

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist at Aurora, call one of the ENT offices directly. View the list of Aurora ENTs.