Laparoscopic Heller procedure for achalasia
Epublication WebSurg.com, Oct 2007;07(10). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2182
This is a 'live' surgery performed by Dr. B Dallemagne demonstrating the key steps in performing a Heller procedure. Minimal dissection is carried out to expose the anterior surface of the esophagus, after which the myotomy is delicately performed with scissors. This video is recommended to upper GI surgeons. Barium swallow showed the classic sign of achalasia at the level of the cardia in this elderly woman with gastroesophageal reflux disease. CT-scan of the chest showed a large sigmoid-like esophagus. Mobilization of the esophagus begins with the authors opening only the anterior aspect of the hiatus to gain access to the esophagus. They dissect the upper part of the esophagus and expose the azygos vein on the right, clearing the gastroesophageal junction on the gastric side of the cardia. They continue by opening the hypertrophic musculature to enable swallowing, then continue with a Heller myotomy.