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West Penn Allegheny Health System is First in Pennsylvania to Perform Groundbreaking Minimally-Invasive Procedure for Swallowing Disorder
Date:5/9/2013

laparoscopic Heller myotomy.

“That’s the primary reason for nesting this novel procedure into a clinical trial with well-defined outcome measures,” Dr. Schumacher said.

Other rare but serious risks involved with the study procedure include laceration or tear to the esophagus, postoperative bleeding and failed endoscopic procedure, requiring alternative treatment.

Achalasia affects about one in 100,000 people and its cause is poorly understood. WPAHS is one of a select few medical centers in the United States offering POEM surgery. WPAHS is currently enrolling patients ages18 to 80 with an established diagnosis of achalasia and no prior surgical intervention to treat it in the POEM study. Patients must meet additional criteria and pregnant women are not eligible. Patients will be followed in the study for approximately one year. There is no compensation for participation.

For more information on the POEM trial at West Penn Allegheny Health System, contact Katherine Nega at 412-578-1343 or knega(at)wpahs(dot)org.

The Institute for the Treatment of Esophageal and Thoracic Disease at WPAHS is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program that focuses on the treatment of patients with lung cancer, mediastinal diseases, esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, hiatal hernia, esophageal motility disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and swallowing issues such as achalasia.

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