What is Achalasia?
Achalasia is a rare swallowing disorder that makes it difficult for food or liquids to pass into your stomach. The condition results from nerve damage in your esophagus. As a result, the muscles in your esophagus lose the ability to push food down and the muscular valve between the esophagus and the stomach doesn’t fully relax. This makes it hard for food to pass into your stomach.
What are the Symptoms of Achalasia?
The signs and symptoms of achalasia include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Undigested food
- Chest pain
- Unexpected weight loss
If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of achalasia, schedule an appointment with Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne. One of our providers will evaluate your condition, perform necessary testing, and talk to you about your treatment options.
How Do You Treat Achalasia?
A combination of tests and procedures will help your provider diagnose your condition and guide your treatment. Treatments may include surgery on the muscle valve between the esophagus and stomach, treatments to widen the esophagus, and drug injections to relax the muscles in the esophagus.
Our board-certified, experienced physicians at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne strive to provide patients with the best diagnosis and treatment options for achalasia. Contact us today.
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