Achalasia is a disorder that prevents the esophagus—the muscular tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach—from moving food into the stomach properly. When people with achalasia eat, they often feel as if food and liquids get stuck in the throat and that it’s difficult to swallow. As the condition progresses, achalasia can cause unwanted weight loss and malnourishment.
At NYU Langone’s Center for Esophageal Health, gastroenterologists use the latest technologies to diagnose achalasia, such as high-resolution manometry, a test that helps doctors evaluate how well the esophagus is functioning. Our experts have extensive experience with effective treatment options for the condition, including the most innovative endoscopic and surgical procedures to relieve symptoms and improve digestive health.
For people with a mild form of achalasia, medication may help. If symptoms are more advanced, NYU Langone physicians offer every form of endoscopic and surgical treatment shown to be beneficial. Our specialists were among the first to perform peroral endoscopic myotomy, a new minimally invasive treatment that helps make swallowing easier.
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