When people find it hard to swallow, or when swallowed food regurgitates this is called dysphagia. Dysphagia is always a significant symptom and always requires further investigation by medical professionals.
Although there are many non-cancer related causes of dysphagia, this symptom is one of the first signs of some cancers and if it is ignored patients may look for medical care too late for the condition to be treated.
Patients who cannot swallow properly require a gastroscopy to look at their oesophagus and stomach, but they often require other investigations such as X-rays and oesophageal function tests. Upper GI Surgery currently runs two Oesophageal Physiology Labs in New South Wales, using the most up to date equipment allowing patients to have the best diagnostic information available. We also provide the largest range of treatments for dysphagia including endoscopic and surgical therapy.
When patients cannot swallow food properly, another of the potential diagnoses is Achalasia. Read more about Achalasia here.