World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 35, Issue 7, pp 1442–1446 | Cite as

Evolution of the Minimally Invasive Treatment of Esophageal Achalasia

  • Brian Bello
  • Fernando A. Herbella
  • Marco G. Patti


Thanks to the advent of laparoscopic techniques, the last decade and a half have witnessed a radical change in the treatment of esophageal achalasia. Because of the high success rate of the laparoscopic Heller myotomy, surgery has now become in many centers the first modality of treatment for achalasia. This shift in the treatment algorithm reflects the fact that laparoscopic Heller myotomy with partial fundoplication outperforms nonsurgical approaches, such as balloon dilatation and intrasphincteric botulinum toxin injection.


Achalasia Lower Esophageal Sphincter Heller Myotomy Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Robotic Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Bello
    • 1
  • Fernando A. Herbella
    • 1
  • Marco G. Patti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Chicago Pritzker School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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