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Achalasia

A Disorder of the Esophagus

The esophagus is an integral aspect of human heath as it assists in swallowing nourishments essential to survival. People who have a difficult time swallowing may have a rare esophageal disease known as achalasia. The miVIP Surgery Clinic can perform a minimally invasive procedure, called Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy to correct achalasia.

The disorder is a result of the muscle fibers of the esophagus failing to relax. It can be dangerous if it is not treated successfully. The disease is very rare, but if you experience achalasia symptoms, you should seek medical attention or possibly schedule a surgical appointment.

Relevant Statistics

Unlike other more common disorders involving the esophagus and stomach such as gastric reflux, relatively few people experience full-blown achalasia symptoms. Only about 1 in 100,000 adults show signs of the disorder. Many people are diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 60.

Origin of Achalasia

Doctors have yet to pinpoint a cause for achalasia, but they do know what is affected despite not knowing the risk factors or sources of the disorder. It is the smooth muscle tissue lining the esophagus that becomes damaged somehow and fails to dilate. The result can be uncomfortable at best and painful or even life threatening at worst.

Esophageal Achalasia Condition Symptoms

The most common achalasia symptoms are:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Vomiting undigested food
  • Weight loss as a result of not getting enough nutrition
  • Frequent heartburn
  • The feeling of food lodged in the throat

Receiving Proper Treatment

Some people do not seek treatment for this condition which can result in creating additional complications. To prevent that from happening to you, have your achalasia symptoms diagnosed and begin researching treatment options.

At miVIP, we believe in performing surgeries that give the body the best chance of recovering quickly without lasting side effects. Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy is one of the preferred ways for treating achalasia, although patients should be aware that it does not cure the disorder permanently. Since little is known about the disease itself, doctors and surgeons must use the procedures and treatments they have available. They include:

  • Pharmaceutical solutions – Nitrates and calcium channel blockers can sometimes relax the lowermost sphincter in the esophagus. People who have achalasia must swallow a pill before eating, which makes it an inconvenient, short term solution for most patients.
  • Esophageal dilation with a balloon – A balloon is swallowed by the patient, which is then inflated. This causes the muscles to be ripped and allows for normal swallowing, but it can be a difficult procedure to recover from.
  • Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy – As mentioned above, this is the preferred treatment method by miVIP surgeons as it is minimally invasive, has a high success rate, and provides long lasting results. The esophageal sphincters are cut using a tiny incision which allows 85 percent of patients to experience improved swallowing for the next 10 years.

Living With Achalasia

Science will likely learn more about achalasia in the future, but for now, diagnosing the disorder early and finding a treatment solution that is right for you is your best option. People who do not opt for Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy or other treatment solutions may face additional negative consequences such as pneumonia.

Call a miVIP Surgery Center for More Info

Call 877-956-2263 to reach the miVIP Surgery Clinic and make an appointment with an experienced surgeon.

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