Treatments for Esophageal Atresia in Children

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Treating Esophageal Atresia at Boston Children’s Hospital

There are multiple surgical treatments available to treat cases of esophageal atresia, esophageal atresia with TEF and long-gap esophageal atresia. Boston Children’s Hospital provides the world’s leading expertise in and innovative approaches to esophageal growth and repair. In choosing the best course of treatment, safety matters most. 

 Your child’s treatment plan may include one or more of the following procedures:

  • The Foker process: A technique developed to address long-gap EA. This groundbreaking technique stimulates the upper and lower ends of the esophagus to make them grow inside the baby, allowing them to then be joined together after several days or weeks. Boston Children's is the only pediatric hospital that routinely offers the Foker process to treat long gap EA. Learn more about the Foker process.
  • Static internal traction: Your baby may benefit from this procedure that provides some esophageal growth and can shorten the time your baby must spend under anesthesia.
  • Dynamic internal traction: Another method of growing the esophagus that may be applicable in some situations to shorten the time your baby must spend under anesthesia.
  • Primary anastomosis: A surgical procedure to connect the esophageal gap. Our surgeons have treated hundreds of children with EA, giving them the experience and expertise necessary to successfully connect the esophagus in the first operation. to get a primary anastomosis in some long gap EA children during the first operation.
  • Jejunal interposition: If the Foker process isn’t right for your child, jejunal interposition may be an option. Our surgeons have perfected this sophisticated technique, which uses a section of the jejunum (the middle part of the small intestine) as a replacement for the missing section of esophagus. This procedure generally results in shorter stays and fewer complications than alternatives, such as colonic interpositions or gastric pull-ups. Read more about jejunal interposition.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment or speak with a member of our team, please call 617-355-3038.

International Patients

For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at +01-617-355-5209.

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