How I Do It: Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)

Jeffrey L. Ponsky, Jeffrey M. Marks, Eric M. Pauli

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Introduction: Laparoscopic Heller myotomy has become the therapy of choice for achalasia. In the last three years, clinical experience with a novel approach to this disease, Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM), has grown. Methods: Herein, we describe the technical steps in the POEM procedure. Conclusion: In our experience, the method appears to be a safe alternative to standard laparoscopic Heller myotomy, but further assessment is needed to understand long-term outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1251-1255
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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