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da Vinci Heller Myotomy

Making it Easy to Swallow Once Again

For most people, swallowing is a normal bodily function that can easily be taken for granted. However, 1 in every 100,000 are suffering a condition known as achalasia which makes it very difficult to swallow. This can result in:

  • Rapid loss of weight
  • Regurgitation of undigested food
  • Severe heartburn
  • Chest pains after eating

Achalasia affects the smooth muscles in the esophagus preventing them from properly dilating. Patients have the best chance of regaining their ability to swallow by undergoing a minimally invasive achalasia surgery. The da Vinci Robotic Heller Myotomy is a procedure that can allow the esophagus to behave normally. It differs from other procedures because it requires much smaller incisions. With the help of sophisticated computer technology, a patient can recover in as little as half the time when compared to open surgery procedures.

How the da Vinci Heller Myotomy Procedure Works

The da Vinci robotic surgery system allows for extremely precise exterior incisions. The result is:

  • Less bleeding during and after the procedure
  • Faster overall recovery
  • Minimal pain after the operation
  • Less chance to tear the muscles of the esophagus

With the aid of a 3D camera, surgeons perform this achalasia surgery by weakening the muscles of the lower esophageal sphincter that directly controls how food enters the stomach. Once the muscles are relaxed, the surgeon sutures the incision sites and allows the patient’s body to begin healing itself.

The Surgeons at miVIP

Each of the surgeons employed at miVIP Surgical Centers is trained extensively in the use of the da Vinci robotic system. At miVIP, we take the training process seriously which means even quicker recoveries for our patients. By trusting our surgeons to perform a minimally invasive da Vinci Heller Myotomy, you will be giving yourself the best chance for a speedy recovery.

What to Expect When Recovering From a da Vinci Heller Myotomy

Your main expectation after undergoing da Vinci Heller Myotomy should be a fast recovery. After surgery, patients will likely experience some mild pain, but it should not cause extreme discomfort. Any severe or unexpected side effects such as fever, diarrhea, or redness and inflammation the incision site should be reported to a doctor.

Simple Payment Plans

We think paying for a minimally invasive achalasia surgery should be as simple as recovering from it. That is why we make it easy to calculate how much your insurance plan covers and how much your monthly payment will be. Speak to one of our representatives to get more in-depth information concerning the cost of a da Vinci Heller Myotomy.

Future Prognosis

The da Vinci Heller Myotomy procedure is considered a treatment for achalasia, not a cure. Little is known about what causes this disorder, but patients who undergo minimally invasive achalasia surgery experience positive swallowing ability for years after the procedure is performed. There is a slight 15 percent chance of developing acid reflux post-op, but the benefits often outweigh possible future side effects.

Scheduling Your Appointment at miVIP

People who have been researching achalasia surgery and are interested in learning more about the da Vinci Heller Myotomy should call the miVIP Surgery Center at 877-956-2263. A representative will be happy to provide more information or schedule a consultation with a surgeon. With the help of minimally invasive surgical technology, you can begin swallowing normally once again.

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