The NYU Langone Center for Esophageal Health has a multidisciplinary team of specialists—including gastroenterologists, surgeons, nutritionists, and others—who provide continued care for people with achalasia.
After treatment has ended, your NYU Langone gastroenterologist recommends follow-up visits about every six months to monitor your digestive health. During these visits, he or she may order barium esophagrams or endoscopies to ensure the condition has been treated effectively. If needed, your doctor can prescribe or adjust medication or other treatments to help relieve symptoms and prevent the condition from recurring.
Our experts also offer nutritional counseling and emotional support during and after treatment.
If you’ve had surgery to make swallowing easier, you may experience symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Tell your doctor about any symptoms, such as heartburn or nausea, so he or she can offer advice on dietary and lifestyle changes or prescribe medication or another treatment.
Achalasia can interfere with swallowing certain foods and can cause dramatic weight loss. Choosing foods that help reduce discomfort and promote weight gain may improve your quality of life. NYU Langone nutritionists are available to help you create a diet tailored to your needs.
Living with achalasia can cause anxiety and stress. NYU Langone counselors can offer advice on how to reduce stress and cope with this chronic condition.