Patient Stories

In the Center for Esophageal Diseases, we offer effective diagnosis and treatment--including medical, surgical and minimally invasive techniques--for a range of esophageal conditions. Read some of our patients' stories.

Esophageal Patient is Given a New Hunger for Life
Bill McQuillan spent nearly a year avoiding food. He was successfully treated at the University of Chicago for esophageal achalasia, and can now eat normally.

University of Chicago Surgeon Provides Relief for Iowa Teen with Rare Swallowing Disorder
For nearly one and a half years, Nick Metcalf struggled with a swallowing disorder called achalasia. After having laparoscopic myotomy and a partial fundoplication surgery at our hospital, Metcalf is back enjoying life as a normal, healthy teenager.

Woman Seeks Second Opinion for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Treatment
For years, Theresa Daddono experienced chronic pain caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Learn how Dr. Marco Patti used a minimally invasive surgical procedure to relieve her symptoms.