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Here's What to Expect During and After Your Heller Myotomy

If you’re scheduled for a Heller myotomy procedure, you may feel a little nervous not knowing what lies ahead. We’re here to help you understand the process so you can be at ease as well as know how to prepare for a smooth recovery.

Dr. Aliu O. Sanni performs Heller myotomy as one of many common procedures at Eastside Bariatric & General Surgery in Snellville, Georgia. Here’s what you can expect.

During the procedure

Heller myotomy is a surgical procedure that treats achalasia, a condition that causes difficulty with swallowing due to the improper relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter.

During your surgery, which is typically performed under general anesthesia, Dr. Sanni makes small incisions in your abdomen to access your esophagus. The goal is to cut the muscle fibers of your lower esophageal sphincter, allowing for easier passage of food and liquids into your stomach.

The procedure itself usually takes a few hours, depending on the complexity of your case. You can expect to wake up in the recovery room after the anesthesia wears off.

Immediate postoperative period

Following the surgery, you spend some time in the hospital for observation and pain management. Our medical team monitors your vital signs and ensures that you’re comfortable as you recover from the effects of anesthesia.

Initially, you may experience some discomfort or soreness at the incision sites, as well as in your throat and chest. Dr. Sanni can prescribe pain medication for relief.

During this time, you gradually introduce clear liquids before advancing to soft foods as tolerated. Follow Dr. Sanni’s instructions regarding diet and activity restrictions to promote healing and minimize the risk of complications.

Long-term recovery

While the immediate recovery period may involve some discomfort and dietary adjustments, you should experience significant improvement in your swallowing function following the Heller myotomy. 

Over time, symptoms such as dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and regurgitation should dissipate.

While recovering, it's essential to be patient with yourself, as complete healing can take several weeks to months. Dr. Sanni schedules follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns you may have.

In addition to dietary modifications, our team may recommend certain lifestyle changes to support your long-term health and well-being. These may include:

Heller myotomy can be a transformative experience if you struggle with achalasia. It can improve your swallowing function and quality of life. 

We want you to approach the process with confidence and optimism, so please feel free to call or make an appointment to discuss any questions or concerns with our team. 

With proper preparation and support, you can navigate your recovery journey with resilience and determination. Call us at 201-565-0876 or book online now.

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