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Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy

Treating Achalasia Using Minimally Invasive Surgery

Achalasia is a painful disorder of the esophagus that makes it nearly impossible for affected individuals to swallow. Laparoscopic heller myotomy is a minimally invasive surgery that can treat this rare condition.

People who are looking for an effective achalasia procedure can contact miVIP Surgical Centers to get more information on how this surgery changes lives. By choosing to undergo a minimally invasive treatment, patients can recover much more quickly after undergoing heller myotomy when compared to open surgery procedures.

How the Procedure is Performed

Laparoscopic heller myotomy is different than traditional open surgeries because it does not require a large, six to ten inch incision site. Instead, this achalasia procedure requires a small cut where a camera and required surgical tools are able to enter the abdomen.

Once a doctor has made the initial incisions, the esophagus’s lower sphincter, the opening that allows food to pass into the stomach, will be delicately cut. This weakens the sphincter which makes it possible for the patient to easily swallow. After making the cut to the esophagus, the tools and camera are removed and the incisions are closed with sutures. Many Laparoscopic heller myotomy patients spend two or three days convalescing in the hospital before being released.

Recovering After Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy

The main benefits of minimally invasive surgery are reduced bleeding during and after surgery, minimal scarring, and mild post-op pain. In order to speed up the recovery process, patients should follow all of the instructions given to them by their physicians. This includes eating soft foods. If you are having troubling fulfilling your nutritional needs because many vegetables are too hard to swallow, try eating various baby foods. It usually takes about a month before patients are able to eat their favorite foods again.

As with any surgical procedure, you should call your surgeon immediately if you experience:

  • Increasing pain
  • Fever
  • Redness or swelling around the surgical site
  • Liquid or puss seeping from the incision
  • Difficulty swallowing

Affordable Payment Plans Available

Before scheduling your achalasia procedure, you will likely want to discuss how you will be paying for the treatment. The final cost is largely determined by the type of health insurance coverage you have. To create a payment plan for the balance that your insurance does not cover, contact one of our specialists to create a plan that is ideal for your situation. You should not have to suffer from achalasia because you think you may not be able to afford the surgical treatment.

Results That Last

Unfortunately, achalasia procedures are not permanent cures for the disorder. However, laparoscopic heller myotomy provides some of the most long lived results with as many as 85 percent of patients reporting that their symptoms are negligible up to ten years after the surgery. Since this disorder is not fully cured after even the most advanced surgeries, many patients require another myotomy procedure later. Scheduling an annual appointment with a specialist can help monitor whether or not a surgeon needs to perform it again.

Contacting the miVIP Surgery Center

Contact the miVIP Surgery Center by calling 877-956-2263 to get more information about laparoscopic heller myotomy. This achalasia procedure can treat mild to severe symptoms associated with difficulty swallowing. Since it is minimally invasive, the recovery time is less and allows patients to begin living normally as soon as possible.

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