Achalasia Patient Reported Outcomes


About this study

Patients that are either scheduled to undergo or have undergone an achalasia procedure at the Mayo Clinic Rochester are asked to participate. The purpose of this study is to gather information and determine if one of these procedures is superior to the other.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • >18 years old
  • Undergoing a POEM or laparoscopic modified heller myotomy and anti-reflux procedures
  • Esophagus diameter less <8 cm on barium swallow test

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant
  • Diverticular disease of the esophagus
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Extensive abdominal adhesions
  • <50% predicted FEV1 on pulmonary function testing
  • Cardiac ejection fraction <25%
  • Esophageal stricture from prior myotomy
  • Sigmoidization of the esophagus
  • More than one prior balloon dilation (>3 cm) or any prior dilation of 3 cm

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Shanda Blackmon, M.D., M.P.H.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Thoracic Surgery Research Unit

(877) 526-9172

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