POEM in the UK

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I've been suffering from achalasia for the past two years. I have had a hellers myotomy which helped initially but then my symptoms returned. Last week I had a balloon dilatation which unfortunately doesn't seem to have worked. 

After reading about POEM, I was wondering if it is available in the UK?

Many thanks in advance for your replies.

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  • Posted

    Yes, there are centres that do the POEM procedure.   I think it is done at St Thomas' in London (Abrie Botha) for instance.   I think it might be unlikely that POEM can be done after having a Heller's myotomy, because the HM procedures is aimed at cutting the same muscles as the POEM would be.   It is just the surgical route and procedure that is different.    I think you need an experienced specialist who analyses your problems with manometry, barium swallow tests etc and works out the best way forward for you.


  • Posted

    Head to Ian Beckingham - Queens Medical Centre Nottingham 

    he’s one of the most experienced Achalasia doctors in the UK. 

    He can do a high res manometry & see what’s going on 

  • Posted


    Thank you so much for your response. I will bear that in mind and will try and get in contact with the Dr.

    • Posted

      Simply go your GP and ask for a referral to him he’s based at the Circle Centre & clinic is on a Monday 

      You can give your GP his secretary’s details and then they have the correct chap google Ian Beckingham his details are on there 

      He is amazing! We travel hours & hours to see him. For the HM I Got a hotel room near the hospital while my wife had the operation in 2013 - she’s been great since then. 

      We go every year to keep in the system with him 

    • Posted

      Thanks, I will speak to my GP as soon as possible. I'm worried about leaving my surgeon though, its been a long process getting to where I am and I'm afraid I'll have to start all over if I go to see a new surgeon.

      The difficult thing for me is the waiting time between appointments, do you know if he sees patients quickly.

      Thanks, again

  • Posted

    Have you money pay to see him privately? You could do a consultation with him privately and see what he says. 

    Who is your current surgeon? 

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