Will I need follow-up treatment for achalasia after surgery?

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Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Successful Heller myotomy usually achieves permanent results, but in a small number of patients, swallowing can deteriorate over time. Even after successful treatment of achalasia, the esophagus should be checked every year or two. Some patients may require repeat treatments such as pneumatic dilatations or myotomy. Periodic upper endoscopy should be done to evaluate the esophagus for changes of reflux esophagitis, which can occur after a Heller myotomy.

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