Because the esophagus plays a crucial role in the digestive process, esophageal problems can affect nutritional intake and overall quality of life. Many esophageal diseases can be treated with medication, but some require surgical treatment.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource for helping consumers make informed healthcare choices regarding doctors and facilities. Each year, Healthgrades evaluates approximately 4,500 hospitals and healthcare systems on their performances on the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Star ratings are an evaluation of the hospital’s actual performance as compared to the predicted performance for that hospital based on a specific risk-adjustment model applied to that hospital.