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Minimally Invasive Achalasia Treatment
A Safer Option For Surgically Treating Swallowing Disorders
For some people diagnosed with swallowing disorders, surgical options may be recommended as nonsurgical treatments tend to be less effective.
da Vinci® Heller Myotomy (Swallowing Disorder Surgery)
If you have been told you have the swallowing disorder called achalasia, your doctor may suggest surgery. The goal of surgery is to help food and liquids reach your stomach.
Surgery can be done using open surgery (through a large incision) or minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions) with traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery
Why da Vinci Surgery?
da Vinci technology enables your surgeon to operate through a few small incisions (cuts), like traditional laparoscopy, instead of a large open incision. The da Vinci System is a robotic-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons:
- A 3D HD view inside your body
- Special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
- Enhanced vision, precision and control
- The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
Risks and Considerations Related to Heller Myotomy (swallowing disorder surgery) include: tear/hole in the stomach lining, tear in the small intestine or esophagus, the stomach wrap around the esophagus pushes into the chest or breaks down, narrowing or tightening of the esophagus that makes swallowing difficult, collapsed lung, difficulty swallowing, heartburn, reflux, hiatal hernia which occurs when the stomach bulges into the chest through a hole in the diaphragm (muscle separating the chest from the abdomen).
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Important Safety Information
Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci® surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on nonsurgical and surgical options and associated risks in order to make an informed decision.
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci surgery, up to and including death. Serious risks include, but are not limited to, injury to tissues and organs and conversion to other surgical techniques, which could result in a longer operative time and/or increased complications. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.intuitive.com/safety.
Individuals' outcomes may depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to patient characteristics, disease characteristics, and/or surgeon experience.
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