Ernst Heller first developed and performed his myotomy surgical technique in the early 1900s. Since then, countless patients have benefited from the procedure. When the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not allow food and drinks to pass to the stomach, it may be due to the muscle system not relaxing. This can cause abdominal pain and discomfort for the sufferer.
The Heller myotomy involves cutting the cardia, which is a region of the esophageal lining. This anatomical feature is the result of damage caused by reflux. If you suffer from problems swallowing, it is important to seek medical advice. Serious health conditions related to the esophagus, such as cancer, can have terminal implications.
Los Angeles Esophageal Consultation
You could be suffering from any number of esophageal conditions when swallowing is difficult. An appointment at the practice of Danny Shouhed, M.D. will give you answers and could become the first step toward recovery. Heller myotomy is just one of many treatment options available to you. How Dr. Shouhed approaches surgical care will depend on the nature of your illness.
The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is cut in a Heller myotomy. During your consultation, Dr. Shouhed can address any concerns about the procedure. Patients should be reassured that Dr. Shouhed is committed to offering the most minimally invasive surgeries, and in many of his treatments, robotic surgical technology is used for greater precision and reduced risk.
Do not delay in seeking help if swallowing food and liquids is a challenge for you. We can determine the root cause and recommend effective treatment options. Dr. Shouhed is a board certified general surgeon who has an excellent track record in the field of gastrointestinal medicine.
Contact our Los Angeles offices today to book your initial consultation with Dr. Shouhed. This is your opportunity to eat in comfort and without fear of embarrassment.