About the Heller Myotomy

Heller myotomy is surgical procedure that is done through very small incisions utilizing the robot.  The procedure is typically done for patients with achalasia.  Achalasia is a condition that severely impacts the ability to swallow.  The surgeon is able to precisely cut the abnormal muscle and scar tissue at the bottom of the esophagus; this will improve the ability to swallow.  During the procedure a partial fundoplication is also completed, this is done in order to minimize the incidence of significant acid reflux.

Results are often very effective with immediate improvement.  It is typical for patients to stay in the hospital for one night after surgery, and to have dietary restrictions for 2 weeks post-surgery.