- Expertise. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose and treat more than 400 people with achalasia. Specialists at Mayo Clinic are skilled in distinguishing achalasia from other digestive tract disorders, and use state-of-the-art imaging to pinpoint the cause of your problem.
- Minimally invasive approach. If you need surgery for achalasia, surgeons at Mayo Clinic often use a device called a laparoscope that allows them to perform surgery with only minor incisions. Laparoscopic procedures usually involve less pain and have a faster recovery period than traditional surgery.
- Surgery with no outer incision. Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is available for treating achalasia at Mayo Clinic. In this technique, doctors use instruments attached to a lighted, video-equipped tube (endoscope) passed through the mouth and esophagus to make an internal incision in the muscular valve at the lower end of the esophagus. The POEM procedure doesn't require an incision through the abdomen.
- New ideas. Researchers at Mayo Clinic are researching new treatments for achalasia. You have access to the expertise of Mayo Clinic clinician-researchers.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for digestive disorders.
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