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Laparoscopic achalasia surgery

Heller's myotomy

If you experience achalasia, our HCA specialists can carry out laparoscopic surgery to help you swallow more easily

About

Achalasia is a rare condition, where the muscles in your food pipe (oesophagus) don't contract properly. This can make it difficult to swallow food and drink. Our HCA specialists can carry out laparascopic (keyhole) surgery to correct this for you. This is a minimally invasive treatment, making swallowing permanently easier.

Need to know

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    Laparascopic surgery (Heller's myotomy) for achalasia is carried out under general anaesthetic. It lasts between 60-90 minutes. Your surgeon may follow these steps:
    • Make a small opening near your belly button and inflate your abdomen with gas.
    • Insert small tubes into incisions in your abdomen, placing surgical instruments and a small telescope into the tubes, providing a clearer image of your abdomen on screen.
    • Your surgeon will then cut the muscle at the lower end of your esophageal sphincter, allowing food/drink to pass more easily into your stomach.
    • At the end of the procedure, they will remove the instruments and stitch your incisions.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have. You may have X-rays and endoscopic tests (tube with a camera on the end) to show clearer images of your oesophagus.

    Due to the nature of achalasia, you will be advised on your food and drink intake before having laparascopic surgery. If you are taking medication, your consultant will also recommend whether or not to stop doing so before the procedure.
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    Patients normally stay in hospital between 1-2 days after laparoscopic surgery. Our clinical nurses will continue to monitor you during this time. If you experience pain and/or discomfort, they can provide you with medication.

    Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine. You should be able to return to work within two weeks of the procedure. During your recovery process, you should take extra care whilst eating and drinking, staying on soft foods for the first few days.
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We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3813 9497
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

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    London Digestive Surgery

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3131 5319
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
    All of our upper GI and colorectal consultant are at our Chiswick clinic on Saturdays

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