As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complications after laparoscopy surgery. Laparoscopic Heller myotomy must be performed carefully and accurately by an experienced surgeon; the patient risks damage to the lungs, liver, spleen, stomach or esophagus. Also, there is a risk of infection, bleeding or inflammation of the incision spots.
Besides these rare complications after laparoscopy, recovery is faster than other types of surgery. The surgery usually eliminates pain and makes it easier to swallow. Some patients report a return of symptoms after years or even decades of relief.
Many patients also report increased acid reflux and GERD symptoms. In certain situations, surgeons can perform a Heller myotomy with fundoplication, a procedure that can help avoid this side effect of surgery.
Before making the decision to have surgery, Florida Hospital encourages patients to fully understand the procedure and the potential risks.