UofL Health – Reflux, Swallowing & Hernia Center is staffed by regional leaders in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with swallowing difficulties, acid reflux and abdominal wall hernias. By relying on a multidisciplinary approach and utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, the center provides individualized quality care that is streamlined to make the patient the central focus.

Our team employs established methods for the accurate diagnosis of common and rare diseases alike using common technologies such as CAT Scans and more cutting-edge technologies like wireless pH monitoring, manometry and EndoFLIP. Once established, a diverse team of experienced surgeons provides the entire gamut of foregut and hernia surgeries, including laparoscopic and robot-assisted operations.


Diseases and conditions

Interventions this team performs include procedures aiding in the diagnostic workup of swallowing and foregut diseases, which include reflux and swallowing problems (neurologic, autoimmune, iatrogenic and idiopathic conditions such as achalasia and dysphagia).

These procedures include:

  • Manometry
  • pH metry
  • Upper gastroenterology gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • EndoFLIP

Surgical treatments include hiatal hernia repair, Nissen fundoplication, magnetic sphincter augmentation and laparoscopic, robotic and open hernia surgery with abdominal wall reconstruction.

Treatments and services

  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Heller myotomy (surgery for achalasia)
  • Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) (surgery for achalasia)
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Magnetic sphincter augmentation of the lower esophageal sphincter
  • Laparoscopic incisional hernia repair
  • Robotic incisional hernia repair
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction and release of abdominal wall components

Gastroenterological procedures

  • High-resolution manometry
  • Esophageal pH monitoring/BRAVO
  • Upper GI endoscopy
  • EndoFLIP
  • Esophageal 24-hour pH/impedance reflux monitoring
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
  • Functional endoscopic evaluation of swallowing

 Ear, nose and throat

  • Targeted speech therapy
  • Botox and dilation of the vocal cords
  • Cricopharyngeal myotomy
  • Vocal fold injection
  • Medialization thyroplasty
  • Scar release
  • Vocal fold procedures to remove obstructing tissue

Reflux, Swallowing & Hernia Center Locations

Reflux, Swallowing & Hernia Center Providers

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