Dysphagia care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

A team of specialists at Mayo Clinic work together to identify the appropriate treatment approach for each person. The team includes doctors who specialize in gastroenterology and hepatology, otorhinolaryngology, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and speech pathology. If you have esophageal cancer, specialists in thoracic surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology also may be involved in your treatment. Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has a special dysphagia clinic, the Esophageal Clinic, to coordinate care of children and adults who have dysphagia.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic offers high-tech testing options to identify the cause of your dysphagia. The results from most tests are typically available within a few hours.

Mayo Clinic is a leader in treatments such as esophageal dilation for narrowing (strictures) and stent placement for blockages. Mayo Clinic also offers surgery when necessary, including the latest minimally invasive techniques such as the laparoscopic Heller myotomy and peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for achalasia. Mayo Clinic serves as a test center for evaluating new technologies.

Nationally recognized expertise

Nearly 14,000 people who have difficulty swallowing are cared for by specialists at Mayo Clinic each year.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for ear, nose and throat by U.S. News & World Report.

Expertise and rankings

  • Multispecialty care. Mayo Clinic's teamwork system brings together all the specialists you need to treat your problem — digestive specialists (gastroenterology and hepatology), throat specialists (otorhinolaryngology), brain and nervous system specialists (neurology), thoracic surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists and speech-language pathologists. Test results are typically available on the same day or within 24 hours. Efficient testing helps the team quickly arrive at a diagnosis, so your treatment can begin as soon as possible.
  • Research advances. Mayo Clinic has made and continues to make important research contributions to the treatment of dysphagia and its causes.
  • Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose and treat almost 14,000 people who have difficulty swallowing.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for ear, nose and throat by U.S. News & World Report.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurology department's expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Feb. 03, 2018