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Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
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General Health Channel
Reported January 22, 2014

Saving Terri: Incisionless Surgery for Swallowing

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Ivanhoe Newswire) –Imagine not being able to eat or drink without pain, nausea, or vomiting. That’s the reality for people with a condition known as achalasia. Now, there’s a new procedure to fix the problem and there is no incision required!

Today, Terri Conley savors every bite of food.  Not long ago, she wasn’t able to swallow without pain.

“It’s like wow, I can’t eat. I really can’t eat,” Terri told Ivanhoe.

Terri lost 86 pounds, was malnourished, and had no energy to perform her job as a dental hygienist. 

“I went to the doctor, and they said, ‘Oh, you know, take some Prilosec and get the stress out of your life,’” Teri explained.

However, another doctor and an ultrasound revealed Terri had achalasia—a condition where the base of the esophagus doesn’t relax, so food can’t pass through to the stomach. The result is pain and vomiting.

“In really severe cases, they can’t even take liquids or swallow their own saliva,” Michael M. Awad, MD, PhD, FACS, Director, Washington University Institute for Surgical Education (WISE), Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, told Ivanhoe.

Doctors at Washington University are performing a new procedure to fix the problem. They enter through the patient’s mouth and make a small incision on the lining of the esophagus, cut the muscle in the lower esophagus to help it relax, allowing food to pass through.

“Since there’s no pain fibers in the GI tract, people don’t feel this,” Faris M. Murad, MD, Interventional Endoscopist, Director of Endoscopic Ultrasound, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children's Hospital, told Ivanhoe.

Now, Terri can eat what she wants.

“When I finally got to eat what I wanted to eat, I wanted to make chicken enchiladas. That was the one big thing,” Terri said.

This procedure was first performed in japan. To date, there have been a little more than 400 incisionless procedures worldwide for achalasia. About one in 10 thousand people have this condition. Doctors don’t know what causes it, but some have theorized that it may be triggered by a virus.  MORE.

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If this story or any other Ivanhoe story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Marjorie Bekaert Thomas,



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