Treating Your Child’s Congenital Esophageal Disorder

Whether your child has recently been diagnosed or has had prior esophageal surgery, the Esophageal Center at Cincinnati Children’s can help you find the right treatment plan. We have the multidisciplinary expertise to treat children with even the most complex esophageal disorders.
If your child has an esophageal disorder (esophageal atresia, tracheoesophageal fistula, etc.) or requires surgery, we have the expertise to help.

Surgical Expertise

The Esophageal Center coordinates each child's evaluations, as well as operative and diagnostic procedures, so each patient can be evaluated at one time by our renowned team of specialists in pediatric surgery, otolaryngology, pulmonology and gastroenterology. This team of specialists works collaboratively to develop an appropriate treatment plan for your child’s condition. Our surgical expertise includes:

Emmett Rauch has trach removed

Five-year-old Emmett Rauch of Arizona has his trach removed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center after swallowing a button battery.

Esophageal Center Highlights

Together, our team of subspecialists has 258 years of combined pediatric surgical experience. Leading the team is renowned pediatric surgeon Daniel von Allmen, MD.

Patients have traveled from as far as Kuwait to have esophageal surgery performed by our team.

As director of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Division, Dr. von Allmen specializes in treating children like yours who face the challenges of complex esophageal disorders such as esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula.

Esophageal Center program director Daniel von Allmen, MD, talks with Marilyn Stoops, RN, MSN, CPNP.
Esophageal Center program director Daniel von Allmen, MD, talks with Marilyn Stoops, RN, MSN, CPNP.

Life After Swallowing A Button Battery

Karla and Emmett Rauch.

After several failed attempts to reconstruct her son Emmett's esophagus, Karla Rauch traveled to the Esophageal Center at Cincinnati Children's for a second opinion. Following successful esophagus replacement surgery, Emmett is eating by mouth and is a "completely different child."

Read more in Carla's post on the Cincinnati Children's blog

UPDATE: Emmett has his trach removed

Send Ecards to Loved Ones

Girl smiling.

 Do you have a loved one who is staying with us in the hospital? Are you looking for a way to let them know they are in your thoughts? Now you can. Children's Hospital proudly offers a free service that allows you to send an ecard to a patient during their hospital stay. We will receive the card, print it out, and have it sent to the patient.

Send an Ecard to a loved one today..