While achalasia can’t be prevented, treatment can help in the prevention of complications. Depending on your age, overall health, medical history and the severity of your symptoms, your Florida Hospital digestive health specialist will recommend a treatment plan that may include a specialized achalasia diet, medications or surgery.
Myotomy for achalasia is usually the type of achalasia surgery performed. In some cases, achalasia baloon dilation is performed through an endoscope to widen the esophagus. A more permanent surgical solution can be an esophagomyotomy during which your surgeon will cut the muscles at the lower end of the esophagus to allow food and liquids to flow to the stomach. Another recently developed achalasia treatment is injection of botox during endoscopy. However, unlike surgery, botox only provides temporary relief from symptoms.