Robotic heller myotomy and Dor fundoplication for achalasia in a woman with morbid obesity
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- Bedirli, A., Dogan, I. & Kozan, R. J Robotic Surg (2012) 6: 371. doi:10.1007/s11701-012-0357-0
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Achalasia is a relatively rare condition with a prevalence estimated at less than 0.001 %. Laparoscopic or robotic Heller myotomy is an effective surgical treatment for achalasia. We present the first published case of a morbidly obese achalasia patient treated with robotic Heller myotomy and Dor fundoplication. The operative time was 175 min, with an estimated blood loss of 110 ml. The patient had a normal bowel transit on postoperative day 2, and he was discharged on postoperative day 4 on a liquid diet. A follow-up at 2 months showed significant resolved symptoms of achalasia.