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Heller Myotomy

Posted On: 05-28-2015
Heller Myotomy

What is Heller Myotomy?

Heller myotomy involves weakening the muscles at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach.

Also Known As:

  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Botox correction
  • Botulinum toxin correction

Conditions Treated with Heller Myotomy:

Heller myotomy is performed to treat achalasia, which is difficulty swallowing food.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Heller Myotomy:

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 surgical alternatives.

Anesthesia with Heller Myotomy:

Heller myotomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential 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 tissues.

Prognosis after Heller Myotomy:

The prognosis for a positive end result following Heller myotomy is good.

Recovery from Heller Myotomy:

The recovery from Heller myotomy takes four to six weeks.

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