Jefferson University Hospitals

Heller Myotomy

If you have achalasia, a heller myotomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique performed by surgeons at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia that may provide long-term relief.

What Does Heller Myotomy Involve?

Long instruments are inserted into the abdomen through five small incisions to cut the muscles of the lower esophagus and upper stomach. The stomach is then loosely wrapped around the lowest portion of the esophagus to prevent reflux. Your surgery can take 45 to 90 minutes.

Most people notice an immediate difference. Your hospital stay is typically one to two nights, and generally, people return to work within one to two weeks.