Revisional surgery after heller myotomy for treatment of achalasia: a comparative analysis focusing on operative approach

Biswanath P Gouda, Thomas Nelson, Sunil Bhoyrul
Indian Journal of Surgery 2012, 74 (4): 309-13
Surgical myotomy is the gold standard in therapy for achalasia, but treatment failures occur and require revisional surgery. A MEDLINE search of peer-reviewed articles published in English from 1970 to December 2008 was performed using the following terms: esophageal achalasia, Heller myotomy, and revisional surgery. Thirty-three articles satisfied our inclusion criteria. A total of 12,727 patients, with mean age of 43.3 years (males 46% and females 50%), underwent Heller myotomy (open 94.8% and laparoscopic 5.2%). Revisional surgery was performed in 6.19%. Procedures performed included revision of the original myotomy or creation of a new myotomy with or without an antireflux procedure or esophagectomy. Reasons for reoperation were incomplete myotomy (51.8%), onset of reflux (34%), megaesophagus (16.2%), and esophageal carcinoma (3.04%). Systematic review of the literature for revisional surgery following Heller myotomy revealed a 6.19% rate of reoperation with a low mortality rate.

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