It’s been a little over 6 months since I had the Heller Myotomy. My life has really returned to normal. I went from 125lbs to 145lbs in about 3 months, and have been hitting the gym regularly to put back on all the muscle I lost. I don’t often get heartburn, but for the occasional flare up, I keep tums handy in the office and in my car.
Looking back, I was horribly miserable while suffering from Achalasia. I wish I had done the surgery earlier. For anybody suffering from Achalasia, DO NOT FEAR SURGERY. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER.
I’ve also been getting a few emails asking if I had tried POEM. Honestly, I am 100% satisfied with the Heller Myotomy. The POEM technique is still experimental, and there haven’t been any long term (25+) year studies completed. I would recommend going the conventional route, skipping balloon dilations and going straight for the surgery.