Are you preparing for esophageal surgery to treat a non-cancerous condition?


A Study of Patients Undergoing Benign Esophageal Surgery


Kozower Benjamin,

UVa Health System, Department of Surgery Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery seeks people over the age of 18 who are going to have surgery on their esophagus for research study. It is often standard of care for doctors to recommend surgery to treat non-cancer conditions of the esophagus. Some conditions that might be treated with surgery are: • heartburn • weakening in the esophageal wall (diverticuli), • a tightening of the esophagus (stricture), • inability of the esophagus to move food to the stomach (esophageal motility disorder). The surgery might help treat the condition, however it is not widely known if surgery for these conditions actually improves the overall quality of life for people after surgery. Investigators at UVa are collecting information on people after surgery to try and help answer this question The purpose of this study to collect long term information and quality of life data for people who undergo surgery on their esophagus(throat) for reasons other than cancer. . This study involves no investigational intervention and will not require any extra visits. This study will last for up to 5 years and if you agree to be in the study you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire prior to your surgery and 1 month and 12 months after your surgery. You will then also be contacted once a year by telephone to see how you are doing. ? There is no cost to you for completion of the questionnaires ? No compensation is provided for this study. For more information please contact the Surgical Therapeutic Advancement Center at: • Phone 434.243.0315 • Email: • IRB-HSR #15872 Principal Investigator: Benjamin Kozower, MD

Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery

Esophageal problems (other than Cancer)



No Compensation

Jennifer Phillips