What Is the New Treatment for Achalasia?

Q:
What is the new treatment for achalasia?

A:
Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) is a relatively new procedure to treat achalasia. It can give patients a pain-free existence for the first time in many years.

Specifically, the surgeon uses an endoscope inserted through the mouth and down the throat to create an incision in the inside lining of the esophagus. Then, the surgeon cuts the muscle at the lower end of the esophageal sphincter.
And it is an in-patient procedure and can take between one to three hours to complete.

The technique originated in Japan and it has been performed in America for the past one to two years. However, there are currrently only a handful of centers in the United States offering this less-invasive treatment.

 

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