what is the price of POEM conducted in the UK?

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Dear all: I am thinking of having a poem, but who can tell me what is the price of POEM conducted in the UK? NHS or private?

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    Firstly you should have a thorough examination by an experienced specialist to establish exactly where your problems are, and that examination should then dictate what treatment you would be offered. POEM is a method of cutting the muscles within the lining of the oesophagus so that the tension in the lower oesophageal sphincter is released, allowing gravity to then help the food pass into your stomach. But the question then becomes whether your relaxed sphincter will allow reflux to rise and give trouble. With conventional surgery ie myotomy, a fundoplication creates the valve effect to reduce the reflux.

    You will need to ensure that your specialist has done a good number of POEMs and is not just using the new procedure for the sake of it. If you really do want a POEM, and some people have been happy with the results, try and get it on the NHS because the equipment and backup can be better.

    There is a Patient's Guide to Achalasia that an be downloaded from the website of Achalasia Action.

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      Thank you very much for your kind suggestions and patient explanation.I’m thinking of getting a poem. And of course NHS will be ideal.However I have to wait a long time on the NHS track.HOW long do I have to wait? IN order to get a POEM,What is a better choice NHS or private?

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      I think it may depend on where you live. Have you seen a specialist already?

      Best to find out about the NHS situation first and then ask about the options for private treatment. It is important that you have faith in the surgeon who will be treating you.

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