Which hospitals perform POEM surgery?

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I have been told that there are just a few hospitals that offer the POEM surgery:  Cleveland, Ohio, Tulane Hospital in New Orleans, John Hopkins in Baltimore, Mayo Clinic.....  Can you tell me any other hospitals?

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    They offer it at Stanford.  There's also a surgeon named Lee Swanstrom in Portland Oregon.  I don't know what hospital he performs it in, though.  There is a facebook group (actually there are a few) called Achalasia: Questions, Answers, and Support, that has files of things to read and one is a list of POEM surgeons around the world.  

    Good luck!  Amy

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    It is always useful to know these things.   The only thing I would advise is to make sure that you take good advice beforehand.   A careful diagnosis of your problems would indicate where your issues are, and the treatment decision should flow on from that logic.  Otherwise you do, in one sense, have a decision about the solution trying to fit itself into the problem rather than the other way round.

    One question to ask the surgeon about POEM would be about the risk of reflux afterwards and how this might be controlled.   The surgeon may well reassure you.   The fundoplication wraps (eg Nissan, Toupet) are put in place after a myotomy in order to achieve this valve effect to keep the reflux from rising.   It may be that a myotomy sometimes has to be extended further up the oesophagus, and one thing that the best clinics would do is to conduct high resolution manometry to illustrate better where the problems are located.

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    They offer it at West Penn Hospitol In pittburgh PA. The surgeon is Dr. Jobe. He has performed over a 120 of them. I had mine a week ago last Friday.

    Good Luck!




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