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Stomach & Esophageal Surgery

NC Surgery Lifestyle ImageCount on North Carolina Surgery (formerly REX Surgical Specialists) if you need stomach or esophageal surgery. Esophagectomy or gastrectomy can treat inflammation or cancer in your stomach or esophagus.

What is the Esophagus?

Your esophagus is a tube that transports swallowed food and liquids from your throat to your stomach so digestion can begin. When your esophagus or stomach is severely diseased or inflamed, you may need surgery to remove all or part of the organ.


Turn to North Carolina Surgery for treatment for your stomach and esophagus. Depending on your health condition, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgeries that allow you to heal and recover quicker. Rely on our expert surgeons for treatments such as:

  • Esophagectomy – Removes all or part of your esophagus
  • Gastrectomy – Removes all or part of your stomach


If you have esophageal cancer, your best option may be esophagectomy. Depending on your situation, surgery may take three to six hours. You’ll spend one to two weeks in the hospital following your procedure. Once you’re home, recovery time will range from two to six weeks before you can return to normal activities.


If you have symptoms such as bleeding, inflammation, tumors, or polyps in your stomach, you may need a gastrectomy. After a gastrectomy, you’ll spend six to 10 days in the hospital. Depending on your situation, you can return back to your normal activities in two to six weeks.

Make an Appointment

Call 919-784-4160 to make an appointment with a surgeon or get help finding a provider. Or request an appointment online.

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