Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy for Achalacia

Heller Myotomy is the primary surgical solution for complications arising from achalasia.  The procedure is named after its first performer, Ernest Heller, and originally involved a single incision of 6-10 or more in the upper abdomen.  

Now, Heller myotomy is almost always performed laparoscopically, with three to four tiny incisions, through which tools and a camera are inserted.  The patient will undergo general anesthesia before the procedure begins.  The abdomen is filled with gas to expand the cavity, creating more room for the surgeon to work.  If other conditions make open surgery necessary, a single, large incision will be made to expose the affected area.  

Once inside, the sphincter is located and a lengthwise incision is made on the muscular ring surrounding it.  This effectively weakens the muscle, enabling the lower esophageal sphincter to open more easily.  Results from surgery vary.  Those who have recently undergone Heller myotomy should watch out for fever, difficulty swallowing, worsening pain, or redness, warmth, swelling around or drainage from the incision.  These could be indicators of infection or serious complications.

Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy for Achalasia

If your doctor has recommended surgery to treat your achalasia, inquire about the minimally invasive laparoscopic Heller myotomy at The Jackson Clinic.  With the most advanced surgical technologies and state-of-the-art techniques, The Jackson Clinic offers all the benefits of traditional surgery with minimized incisions. 

The Jackson Clinic’s general laparoscopic surgeon performs the most delicate procedures, through the tiniest of incisions, all with unprecedented success rates.  Benefits for recipients of laparoscopic Heller myotomy at The Jackson Clinic include:

  • Lower risk of esophageal tears
  • Fewer complications
  • Safer, more precise surgery
  • Faster recovery
  • Minimized scarring

The experienced Jackson Clinic laparoscopic general surgeons treat achalasia in patients from all across West Tennessee, including Dyersburg, Humboldt, Union City, Lexington and Covington and throughout the Mid-South, including Memphis, Tupelo, Jonesboro and Paducah.