Achalasia care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's achalasia team includes doctors trained in digestive disorders (gastroenterologists). Specialists in the Esophageal Interest Group are frequently involved in care.

Having all of this subspecialized expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion — care is discussed among the team, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and highly specialized achalasia experts are all working together to determine what's best for you.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Achalasia can be easily mistaken for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Untreated achalasia can progress to end-stage disease, which might require removal of the esophagus. Specialists at Mayo Clinic are skilled in distinguishing achalasia from GERD and other digestive diseases. Mayo Clinic also has high-resolution esophageal manometry to assess the severity of your achalasia and guide treatment decisions.

Treatments for achalasia — including pneumatic dilation, surgical myotomy and particularly POEM — should be performed in high-volume centers of excellence. Mayo Clinic has esophageal specialists with experience performing these procedures.

Nationally recognized expertise

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.

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.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Nov. 18, 2017