Minimally invasive Ivor-Lewis esophagectomy for end-stage achalasia
Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2019;19(11). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en5694
Achalasia is the most frequent esophageal motility disorder. Although Heller myotomy is the standard treatment, achieving good results in 90 to 95% of cases, esophagectomy could be the last surgical chance to treat end-stage achalasia and might be considered if severe symptomatic (dysphagia, regurgitation), anatomical (megaesophagus) or functional (esophagus aperistalses) disorders are not relieved with a more conservative approach. Clinical case: We present the case of a 21-year-old female patient suffering from esophageal achalasia from the age of 3. After numerous attempts to grant her a good quality of life in a conservative way, when she gets to end-stage achalasia without any benefits from endoscopic therapies, a minimally invasive Ivor-Lewis esophagectomy is put forward to her in order to relieve her symptoms. Discussion/Conclusion: Esophagectomy could be performed in patients who are fit for major surgery and present with disabling symptoms, poor quality of life, and dolichomegaesophagus unresponsive to multiple endoscopic dilatations and/or surgical myotomies.