Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatments Available for Achalasia

"Achalasia," means "failure to relax"  but also names a rare condition of the esophagus. Some 3,000 people in the United States are diagnosed each year with this serious disorder that makes eating and drinking difficult.

The Lung Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital (among the top ranked in the country by U.S. News & World Report) performs advanced testing to diagnose suspected cases of achalasia and determine the best treatment for your situation.

Although there is no cure, nonsurgical treatments and surgery can relieve symptoms caused by degeneration of nerves and improper muscle function in and around the esophagus.

Brigham Health Safe Care Commitment

The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is our top priority. We are taking a comprehensive approach to prevent the spread of infectious diseases while we continue to provide the expert Lung care our patients need with both Virtual Visits and in-person, on-site appointments. Learn more about our Safe Care Commitment and the measures we are taking to provide the safest possible environment.

Why Choose Us

  • Our board-certified thoracic surgeons are experts in the latest thoracic surgical techniques for swallowing problems, including POEM (per oral endoscopic myotomy). This minimally invasive procedure, with a smaller incision, less pain, and quicker recovery than conventional surgery, usually provides long-term relief.
  • All surgery for achalasia is handled by a designated team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses at the Lung Center who focus on the disease.
  • Our team of lung specialists and surgeons offer Virtual Visits via phone or computer to consult with you and keep you connected to your care.
  • When in-person care is required, we are taking comprehensive measures to provide the safest possible environment for our patients. Learn more about our Safe Care Commitment.

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