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Mickle Center for Reflux & Esophageal Disorders

Comprehensive care for gastrointestinal reflux and other esophageal conditions

The physicians at the George Mickle Center for Reflux and Esophageal Disorders, part of DHI at AdventHealth Tampa, are highly experienced in treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. GERD is a condition of the esophagus, or food tube that affects about 1 out of 5 U.S. adults. It can cause symptoms such as heartburn, trouble swallowing, vomiting, cough, pneumonia and voice changes.

Surgical Treatments for GERD and Acid Reflux

Because GERD can cause severe symptoms and lead to Barrett’s esophagus and even esophageal cancer, Mickle Center surgeons Dr. Alexander Rosemurgy and Dr. Sharona Ross are strong advocates for definitive treatment of it. Definitive treatment for GERD is an operation that reconstructs the valve between the esophagus and the stomach. This helps the acidic contents of the stomach stay out of the esophagus, and GERD is cured. Dr. Rosemurgy and Dr. Ross are known for and have performed thousands of these GERD operations.

Expert Care for Barrett’s Esophagus

Without effective treatment, GERD can lead to Barrett’s esophagus. This is a condition in which the cells in the lower part of the esophagus start to look like the cells that line the intestines. Barrett’s esophagus dramatically increases the chances someone with GERD will develop esophageal cancer. The physicians at the Mickle Center are experienced in caring for patients with Barrett’s esophagus. Care may involve regular screening for esophageal cancer, which can be treated in a minimally invasive way if caught early. It may also involve treating Barrett’s esophagus with an anti-reflux procedure, followed by removal of the changed cells so they are less likely to turn into cancer.

Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

Surgery to remove esophageal cancer can extend patient’s lives and is the best hope for a cure. Dr. Sharona Ross and Dr. Alexander Rosemurgy are experts in offering minimally invasive esophagectomy, which is just as effective as an open procedure when performed by skilled surgeons. This minimally invasive surgery can shorten a patient’s recovery time, allowing them to begin their next phase of treatment sooner. DHI’s surgeons make it a priority to see patients with cancer for a consultation or second opinion. That is why we offer these patients appointments within 5 business days or sooner.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Esophagus

Dr. Rosemurgy and Dr. Ross are highly experienced in minimally invasive surgery. Instead of opening up a patient’s belly, they prefer to operate through the mouth or through one small incision in the belly button. Besides performing GERD operations this way, Dr. Ross and Dr. Rosemurgy surgeons use similar, less invasive ways to treat Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. These approaches result in faster, easier recoveries for patients.

Are you in need of treatment for an esophageal condition and want to find out if minimally invasive surgery could help you? Call the Digestive Health Institute at (813) 615-7557 for an appointment.



At DHI, we know that after being diagnosed with cancer, patients want and often need to begin treatment quickly. So we make it a priority to offer appointments for cancer surgery consultations within 5 business days, and often earlier. Our surgeons will make themselves available to see you right away, even for a second opinion.

Patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer, or have just found out they have cancer recurrence, qualify for this priority access. Our surgeons will make themselves available to see you right away, even for a second opinion. We want to help you start your treatment as soon as possible.

If you have been diagnosed with a cancer of the digestive system, don’t wait.
Call the Digestive Health Institute at (813) 615-7440.

Learn more about our Surgical Cancer Care program.

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