Esophagomyotomy for Achalasia and Diffuse Esophageal Spasm: Surgical Legacy Technique

  • Carol E. H. Scott-ConnerEmail author
  • Jameson L. Chassin


Open esophagomyotomy has largely been supplanted by laparoscopic myotomy (see Chap. 26). It is still sometimes indicated when the extent of disease is greater than can be addressed through the abdominal approach. This chapter describes the technique for the classic Heller myotomy, performed through the left chest.


Methylene Blue Distal Esophagus Esophagogastric Junction Heller Myotomy Esophageal Dilatation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol E. H. Scott-Conner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jameson L. Chassin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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