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Laparoscopy and Myotomy for Achalasia
Dr. Allen Bar
Dr. Bar
Dr. Jeffrey Drebin
Dr. Drebin
Dr. Matt Kirkland
Dr. Kirkland
Gary Korus
Dr. Korus
Steven Raper
Dr. Raper
Alan Schuricht
Dr. Schuricht
Ian Soriano
I. Soriano
David Wernsing
Dr. Wernsing

Achalasia is a swallowing disorder in which the esophagus cannot routinely propel food into the stomach. Symptoms are caused by a valve or sphincter at the end of the esophagus that is either too tight or fails to relax normally. Treatment options for this include stretching of the sphincter with a balloon dilatation, injection of chemicals to cause the sphincter to temporarily relax, and surgical division of the muscle. At the University of Pennsylvania, the surgical approach can now be done laparoscopically. This requires only 5 half-inch incisions and, in most cases, a one or two night hospital stay. 85-95% of patients report good to excellent relief of their symptoms with this approach.

Inpatient Facilities:
Hospital University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC)
Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH)

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Perelman Center - West Pavilion, 4th Floor (HUP)
266 Wright-Saunders Building (PPMC)
700 Spruce Street - Garfield Duncan Building (PAH)

Making an Office Visit Appointment:
215-662-2626 or 800-789-PENN

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