What is Foker process?

Also known as: long-gap esophageal atresia surgery, pure esophageal atresia surgery

Esophageal atresia is a birth defect that causes disruption of the esophagus, so it does not connect properly to the stomach. If the ends of the esophagus are far apart, it is often difficult to treat. In the past, it took months for the two ends to grow close enough to connect. The Foker operation is a modern set of procedures that can successfully treat even the trickiest forms of esophageal atresia in days to weeks instead.

Reviewed by: Cathy Anne Burnweit, MD

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