Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Treatment Option Offered at Mercy in Baltimore

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Dysphagia

The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy offers innovative treatment options for digestive diseases, including esophageal disorders that can cause heartburn and GERD. The Institute’s doctors are skilled at performing laparoscopic Heller myotomy to treat achalasia.

What is a Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy?

A laparoscopic Heller myotomy is a minimally invasive procedure during which the muscles of the valve between the esophagus and stomach are cut. Following a laparoscopic Heller myotomy, food can pass more easily through the digestive tract.

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How is a Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy performed?

During a laparoscopic Heller myotomy, five small incisions are made in the abdominal area. Through one incision, the abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide to provide a good view of the organs. The laparoscope, which is the camera and light, is inserted through the same incision and transmits images to a monitor. The instruments used to cut the muscle during a laparoscopic Heller myotomy are inserted through the other four incisions. 

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What condition is the Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy used to treat?

A laparoscopic Heller myotomy is a treatment option for achalasia, a disorder of the esophagus.