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Heller’s Cardiomyotomy For Achalasia Cardia

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Heller’s Cardiomyotomy For Achalasia Cardia

What is achalasia cardia?

This is a condition in which the junction between the stomach and esophagus (i.e. food pipe) becomes too tight (opposite to that in GERD), not allowing food to pass down from the esophagus to the stomach. Due to this, the patient develops chest pain while swallowing food.

How is it treated?

Patients need to undergo an Upper GI Endoscopy and/or manometry. After this, patients may be given a course of medical treatment in the form of antacids. In severe cases, patients need to undergo surgery, to correct the anatomical abnormality.

How is the surgery performed?

The surgery can be performed laparoscopically or robotically, making 4 small cuts on the abdomen. Robotics is especially better than laparoscopy for long term relief.

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