Expertise and rankings

  • Expertise. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose and treat more than 500 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.
  • Latest treatment techniques. Pneumatic dilation, surgical myotomy and POEM should be performed in high-volume centers of excellence. Specialists in Mayo Clinic's Esophageal Interest Group have experience performing these procedures. If you need surgery, surgeons at Mayo Clinic often use a noninvasive device called a laparoscope.
  • New ideas. Mayo Clinic specialists are researching new treatments for achalasia. You have access to the expertise of Mayo Clinic clinician-researchers.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's gastroenterology and hepatology department's expertise and rankings.

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.

July 11, 2017
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