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Heller Myotomy

Heller myotomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to release constricted esophageal muscles and allow food and liquids to pass freely into the stomach. This procedure is most commonly used to treat achalasia, a disorder that makes it hard for food and liquid to pass into the stomach.

During the procedure, your surgeon will make several small incisions (cuts) in your chest and insert a thin tube into your esophagus. This tube has a camera and light attached and also allows small instruments to be passed through to allow your surgeon to repair constricted esophageal muscles.

Heller myotomy may offer several benefits as an alternative to open surgery, including:

  • Less pain after surgery

  • Shorter stay in the hospital (one to two days compared to one week with an open procedure)

  • Quicker recovery after surgery

  • Faster return to work and normal activities

Find Relief with Heller Myotomy

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists collaborates to effectively treat and manage a wide range of digestive diseases, including disorders such as achalasia. Our gastroenterologists are highly trained and offer the latest advances in care, including minimally invasive procedures and proven surgical techniques to diagnose, treat and manage complex gastrointestinal conditions.

At the Digestive Disease Center, our patients receive:

  • Highly experienced care – Our board-certified gastroenterologists see more than 13,000 patients every year. They offer unmatched insight and experience into helping patients manage their unique digestive disorder.

  • Latest advances in care – Temple surgeons are the leaders in minimally invasive surgery and are often the first to offer the newest standards of care for a wide range of digestive disorders.

  • State-of-the-art facilities – We offer advanced technology to diagnose, treat and manage complex digestive disorders.

  • Clinical trials – As part of a leading academic center, Temple physicians regularly participate in the latest research and clinical trials for digestive disorders. Our patients have the access and opportunity to take part in select trials that may be a good fit for their condition disease and treatment plan.

  • Convenient locations – Patients have access to outstanding care at several locations in Greater Philadelphia, including Temple University Hospital, Temple Health Center City, Jeanes Hospital and Temple Health Fort Washington.

We are proud to be a regional leader in digestive disorders. You can expect innovative care that diagnoses, treats and manages your condition so you can live a full, healthy and active life.

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