Achalasia is a rare disorder that makes it difficult for food and liquid to pass from the esophagus into your stomach. If you are experiencing symptoms that point to achalasia, your doctor may recommend an esophageal motility study to diagnose this rare disease. Below we will discuss in depth how achalasia is diagnosed via an Esophageal Motility Study.
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Our Tampa Bay Reflux Center staff is led by two of the most experienced foregut/esophageal surgeons in the southeastern United States – Dr. Grandhige and Dr. Tapper. Although they’re widely renowned for their treatment of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), that’s not the only condition we treat here at TBRC. Our surgeons specialize in treating four common digestive conditions: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease, Achalasia, and Hiatal Hernias.
At this point, most of us are familiar with GERD, a condition in which acid splashes back up from the stomach into the esophagus, resulting in frequent reflux. GERD is caused by a weakened lower esophageal sphincter, the valve between your stomach and esophagus. When the valve isn’t tight enough, it allows acid and food to travel back up.
Most surgeries used to combat GERD involve tightening the LES, but it’s all about finding the right balance. Tighten it too much, and you’ll find yourself dealing with the disorder on the other end of the spectrum: achalasia.