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David A. Kloss

M.D., F.A.C.S.
Phone: (218) 631-3510

Dr. Kloss
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  • Surgical Services...

    Esophageal Surgery

    Esophageal cancer is relatively rare, representing only about 4% of all cancer diagnosed in the United States each year.

    If esophageal cancer is caught early enough, it can be cured with surgery. Esophageal cancer is discovered by upper endoscopy or EGD and a biopsy.

    It is important to have persistent heart burn, upper abdominal pain, or the sense of food getting stuck in the esophagus evaluated by your surgeon.

    Persistent heart burn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) infrequently needs surgery. Usually with dietary modifications, anti-acid medications ("PPI" or proton pump inhibitors) and avoidance of cigarette smoking the symptoms of GERD can be controlled. For the patient who has heart burn and reflux (the sense of lunch coming back up the esophagus) despite medical therapy, surgery can be very helpful. Dr. Kloss is a board certified surgeon highly skilled in this antireflux surgery. He was trained by Dr. Robert Hinder at the Creighton University in the latest laparoscopic technique for antireflux surgery.

    LINX surgery is done to reduce or prevent acid regurgitating into the esophagus. Here is a link to more information on LINX.

    Other surgeries on the esophagus that are infrequently necessary are:
    • Repair of a large hiatal hernia.
    • Dilating or removing a narrowing or "stricture" of the esophagus.
    • Injection of special medicine in a bleeding spot in the esophagus.
    Dr. David A. Kloss is highly skilled in the surgery of Acid Reflux and is very experienced and specially trained in the laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery of the hiatal hernia.

    Esophageal stricture (a narrowing of the esophagus) can trap food in the esophagus and need emergency surgery to remove it. This is usually performed through the upper endoscopy (EGD). Following removal of the food obstruction a special dilation can be done to stretch out the esophageal narrowing to prevent another occurrence of food getting stuck in the esophagus.

    Dr. Kloss is highly skilled in all of these areas and is happy to care for you and your family for a simple esophageal stricture or LINX anti-reflux. If necessary, Dr. Kloss will coordinates all the levels of care necessary with the oncologist and your medical doctor.

    415 Jefferson Street North   •   Tri-County Hospital   •   Wadena, Minnesota