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If you are suffering from vomiting undigested food, chest pain, heartburn and weight loss, you may have achalasia. Achalasia is a condition where the esophagus is unable to move food into the stomach because it stays closed during swallowing, resulting in the backup of food.

If you have been diagnosed with this debilitating disease, turn to the multidisciplinary team at Jefferson Health for care. Your team may include specialists in Digestive Diseases, Ear, Nose and Throat, Thoracic Surgery and Radiology. Together they will determine the right treatment plan for you.

Providing Relief from Achalasia Symptoms

While this disease has no cure, there are several treatments that can provide relief from symptoms. If medications are not effective and surgery is recommended, our highly skilled thoracic surgeons can utilize minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopy and robotic surgery. These procedures are much less invasive than traditional surgery and will mean less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.