Surgery

Patients who choose surgery as their initial intervention, or who fail dilatation, should be referred to a surgeon with substantial experience in the field of esophageal surgery. Both the length of the myotomy and the performance of the fundoplication seem to be more of an art than a science. Experience and past results are very important for outcomes. Because of the shorter recovery times, I generally send patients to someone experienced in minimally invasive surgery for achalasia. At our institution, this has been a laparoscopic surgeon. In others, thoracoscopic surgeons appear to dominate. I do not think there is convincing evidence in favor of one over the other. Should a follow-up surgery be required because of bad results, we have tended to favor an open procedure on the grounds that the second surgery should have the best exposure possible in what may be the last good chance at surgical correction. However minimally invasive surgery for failed myotomies have been described.

Constipation Prescription

Constipation Prescription

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