Minimally invasive surgery for esophageal achalasia

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Abstract

Esophageal achalasia is the most commonly diagnosed primary esophageal motor disorder and the second most common functional esophageal disorder. Current therapy of achalasia is directed toward elimination of the outflow resistance caused by failure of the lower esophageal sphincter to relax completely upon swallowing. The advent of minimally invasive surgery has nearly replaced endoscopic pneumatic dilation as the first-line therapeutic approach. In this editorial, the rationale and the evidence supporting the use of laparoscopic Heller myotomy combined with fundoplication as a primary treatment of achalasia are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5921-5925
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume12
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - Oct 7 2006

Keywords

  • Achalasia
  • Esophagus
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Heller myotomy
  • Laparoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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