What is the role of Heller myotomy in the treatment of esophageal motility disorders?

Updated: Dec 29, 2017
  • Author: Eric A Gaumnitz, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Heller myotomy is the operative procedure of choice in patients with achalasia.Technically, an approximate 3- to 4-cm incision is made from the distal esophagus, across the GEJ, and onto the cardia and fundus of the stomach. The incisional depth is through both layers of the muscularis propria but not through the muscularis mucosa.


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