da Vinci Robotic Heller Myotomy offers achalasia patients several potential benefits over traditional open and robotic surgery, including:
- Lower risk of esophageal tears (perforations)
- Fewer complications
- Safer and more precise
DAVINCI HELLER MYOTOMY FOR ACHALASIA
Robotic Heller Myotomy is performed using the da Vinci Surgical System, a state-of-the-art surgical platform. By overcoming the limits of both traditional open and robotic surgery, da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
HELLER MYOTOMY (ACHALASIA SURGERY)
Heller myotomy is a surgical procedure in which the muscles of the cardia (lower esophageal sphincter or LES) are cut, allowing food and liquids to pass to the stomach. It is used to treat achalasia, a disorder in which the lower esophageal sphincter fails to relax properly, making it difficult for food and liquids to reach the stomach.
HOW IS ROBOTIC HELLER MYOTOMY PERFORMED?
During the procedure, you is put under general anesthesia. Five or six small incisions are made in the abdominal wall and robotic instruments are inserted. The myotomy is a lengthwise cut along the esophagus, starting above the LES and extending down onto the stomach a little way. The esophagus is made of several layers, and the myotomy only cuts through the outside muscle layers which are squeezing it shut, leaving the inner muscosal layer intact.