For patients suffering from achalasia, laparoscopic Heller myotomy surgery is the preferred treatment to cure the symptoms. While it doesn’t cure the condition, it allows the patient to each and drink normally, and symptoms oftentimes never return.
Although myotomy surgery is the preferred treatment, there are other treatments that help control achalasia and aid in preventing complications from surgery.
Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Surgery with Fundoplication
It has been documented that acid reflux is a complication of Heller myotomy surgery. Doctors have found that adding a short procedure to the Heller Myotomy surgery that wraps the stomach around the back or front of the esophagus helps to avoid this complication.
A botulimun toxin injection is another treatment for achalasia that lasts for up to 18 months. While patients get relief from symptoms, it is short-lived. Doctors recommend a laparoscopic Heller myotomy surgery over this injection therapy.
Esophageal Dilation is one of the lesser used procedures that can help relieve symptoms. In this procedure, a small balloons are expanded in the esophagus to dilate the area. Another treatment is an esophagectomy. This treatment removes part of the esophagus.
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