Oesophageal surgery may be required to treat various conditions, such as oesophageal cancer and benign (non-cancerous) tumours or lumps, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), motility (food swallowing movement) disorders such as achalasia, oesophageal strictures (narrowing or closure of the oesophagus), and oesophageal diverticula (weak areas of the oesophagus that bulge or pouch outwards). Many procedures are carried out with the aid of a laparoscope, a flexible lighted tube with a camera attached, which is inserted through a small incision in the abdominal wall. Other small incisions allow instruments to be inserted.
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Current Positions: Consultant, HBP/Upper GI Unit, Auckland City Hospital; Professor of Surgery, University of Auckland; Director, Surgical Research Network . . .