What is Heller myotomy?

Category: Surgeries


A heller myotomy is a surgery in which the muscles of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) are cut, allowing food and liquids to pass to the stomach. It is used to treat disorders in which the LES cannot relax properly.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Esophageal achalasia 6 2
Esophageal dysphagia 1 0
Esophageal spasms 1 0
Esophagus narrowing 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Heller myotomy

Side effect Patients Percentage
Heartburn 1
Muscle spasms 1


Stopped having Heller myotomy

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 6
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Heller myotomy.