Center for Achalasia and other Esophageal Motility Disorders

Programs and services 

  • Treatment for achalasia (motility disorder characterized by failure of the lower esophageal sphincter to relax and only simultaneous contractions but no peristalsis in the esophageal body) and other esophageal motility disordes (esophageal spasm, Jackhammer esophagus)
  • Whole scope of current treatment modalities
  • (minimally-invasive surgery, interventional
  • treatments, endoscopic treatments)
  • Laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM: standard procedure)
  • Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM: exclusively endoscopic procedure for treatment of achalasia)
  • Participation in the  “Achalasia Risc Consortium“ (ARC) for evaluation pf genetic origin of achalasia
  • Participation in therapy studies, e. g. the currently ongoing randomized mutlicenter trial for comparison of POEM vs. LHM
  • Public relations with our homepage
  • (www.achalasie.info)
  • Cooperation with the self-aid group  “Achalasie Selbsthilfe e.V.“ by participation in the academic advisory board
  • Beteiligung am  “Achalasia Risc Consortium“ (ARC) zur Erforschung der genetischen Ursachen der Achalasie


Cooperating institutions

  • Department of General, Visceral, Vascular and Pedatric Surgery
  • Department of Internal Medicine II/Department of Internal Medicine II – Gastroenterology
  • Department of Diagnostic and Interventional
  • Radiology
  • Department of Pediatrics