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Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy

The synopsis: A 41 year old woman with a long history of heartburn and regurgitation. More recently she has developed difficulty swallowing both solids and liquids. Evaluation reveals a dilated esophagus with narrowing at its distal end, and she has a non-relaxing lower esophageal sphincter with absent motility on esophageal manometry. She is otherwise quite healthy and has not lost weight. Clinical diagnosis is that of achalasia. She did not wish to undergo endoscopic therapy and opted for a laparoscopic Heller myotomy and partial fundoplication laparoscopic Heller myotomy.

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Nathaniel Soper

Nathaniel Soper, MD

Loyal and Edith Davis Professor and Chair Department of Surgery Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine