Re: Zenker's Diverticulum-tight esophagus
By now you know that Zenker's diverticulum is an esophageal pouch that can fill with food that can be regurgitated later when you bend over or lie down. Have you ever aspirated food into your lungs? Or have you been having swallowing problems?
I know it all sounds very scary but in theory, surgery for Zenker's is supposed to bring you symptomatic relief.
Yes, it usually involves cutting the muscle in the upper part of the esophagus and removal of the pouch but I've read that this way, amazing improvement occurs in the majority of patients. You're swallowing should be okay. And, if anything, my understanding is that the surgery should relieve the symptoms of reflux.
Have your doctor spell out exactly which procedure you're going to have and ask questions galore...Endoscopy seems to be the treatment of choice these days.
You should be fine.