Jackhammer Esophagus

Jackhammer Esophagus

Miguel from South Houston asked us this question: “Can or is Hypercontractile esophagus a cause for Dyspnea/shortness of breath? I have Jackhammer esophagus.  I had fundoplication surgery 2 months ago and started eating solid food 2 weeks ago. I have a degree of dysphagia post-op...

Heller Myotomy Versus Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy

Heller Myotomy Versus Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)

“Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Versus Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for Achalasia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” is a new article published by Patti el al in the Annals of Surgery. The authors conducted a Medline literature search for achalasia treatment. 53 Heller myotomy studies included 5834...

Achalasia and Obesity: Changing Treatment Paradigms

Achalasia is a rare esophageal dysmotility disorder of unknown etiology. It is characterized by loss of esophageal peristalsis and failure of the lower esophageal sphincter to relax. Patients develop dysphagia to solids and liquids. They also develop food regurgitation and heartburn. Heartburn is secondary to...

Achalasia Treatment

How does per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) work for Achalasia Treatment? Achalasia is a rare condition where the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) fails to relax during food swallowing. As a result, food and liquids get stuck in the esophagus and patients report difficulty swallowing and food regurgitation....