The oesophagus is a muscular tube that lies between the larynx and the spine; it is about 25cm long, with a sphincter at each end to control the entry and exit of food into and out of the oesophagus, (Roberts, 2011). Its function is to transport food and fluid, after being swallowed, from the mouth, past the pharynx and into the stomach. The food, known as the ‘bolus’ is moved down through the oesophagus via waves of muscular contractions known as peristalsis, (MacMillan, 2012).
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This procedure may be necessary for people with eosophageal cancer, benign tumors and cysts of the esophagus or any other esophageal abnormalities, (Duranceau, & Pandolfino, 2011). To enable life without an esophagus, a Gastric feeding tube can be inserted directly through the abdomen into the stomach for the delivery of food, (Stockeld, Fagerberg, Granstrom, et al, 2001). This is done via a Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is an endoscopic medical procedure in which a tube is passed into a patient's stomach through the abdominal wall. It is most commonly used to provide a means of feeding when oral intake is not adequate, in this case, due to the absence of the eosophagus, (McCoy, 2011). A feeding tube may seem as though it would place a major burden on a person’s life, but feeding tubes are not painful and are not easily noticeable when wearing ordinary clothes. When not in use, they can easily be taped to the patient’s stomach to prevent them from moving around under the clothing, (Oral Cancer Foundation, 2013).
While the functions of the esophagus are obviously an important part of everyday life, people who have a dysfunctional esophagus or must have their esophagus removed, can actually live a relatively healthy life without it. So the answer to the question would be yes, with medical interventions, life is possible without an eosophagus.