Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)
If you have been diagnosed with achalasia, Dr. Danny Shouhed may suggest a Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) procedure. This treatment option is often recommended when patients find it difficult to eat and swallow.
In many cases, issues with eating and swallowing are linked to issues with the muscles in your esophagus. As it is performed through an endoscopy, a POEM procedure does not result in visible scarring. Instead, a 1cm cut is made in the inner layer of the esophagus wall from an internal vantage point.
The resulting incision is then resealed using clips to ensure that no holes or breaks in lining are left behind. Dr. Shouhed will next create a tunnel beneath the esophagus lining, allowing him to make the necessary cuts to the muscles to improve patient symptoms.
Endoscopic Therapy to Treat Achalasia
The POEM procedure is typically used to treat sufferers of achalasia. This condition is caused by an overactive ring of muscle at the terminal end of the esophagus. When this sphincter section of the muscle becomes thicker, it prevents the normal passing of food to the stomach.
Patients who experience the sensation of food becoming stuck in the chest area are also likely suffering from achalasia. Using the POEM procedure, Dr. Shouhed can help the muscles in the esophagus relax. Although this procedure addresses a quite extensive length of muscle tissue, the use of an endoscopic device means there is no external scarring.
You may have questions or concerns about achalasia or the POEM procedure. Dr. Danny Shouhed can provide all the answers you need at his Los Angeles offices. A consultation is a very informal appointment where you will feel relaxed and comfortable. During this session, patients can expect to learn about what is involved in endoscopic procedures and the benefits of associated treatments.
Dr. Shouhed specializes in the use of robotic technologies and is a board-certified GI surgeon. He uses his specialist skills to provide patients with lasting relief from a range of gastrointestinal health conditions. Contact our office today to book your consultation and get started on reducing or eliminating the symptoms of achalasia.