Heller myotomy involves weakening the muscles at the
junction of the esophagus and the stomach.
Treated with Heller Myotomy:
Heller myotomy is performed to treat achalasia,
which is difficulty swallowing food.
Non-surgical alternatives to Heller myotomy include
pneumatic dilatation and long-acting medicine to lower the esophageal sphincter
pressure. Botulinum toxin injection and laparoscopic Heller myotomy are
with Heller Myotomy:
Heller myotomy is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from Heller Myotomy:
Possible risks following Heller myotomy include
infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also
possible to experience gastroesophageal reflux and injury to other organs and
after Heller Myotomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following
Heller myotomy is good.
from Heller Myotomy:
The recovery from
Heller myotomy takes four to six weeks.