POEM procedure helps man overcome disorder

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Saturday, 5 January 2019

The patient was from Latur was suffering from difficulty in swallowing food since last two years. He had visited various hospitals. After extensive evaluation, he was diagnosed of this rare disorder of food pipe.

PUNE: A 50 year-old patient was treated successfully at Sassoon General Hospital with Per-oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM). He was diagnosed with a rare disorder of 'Achalasia Cardia' where muscles of food pipe fail to relax normally which leads to narrowing of food pipe and difficulty in swallowing food.

The patient was from Latur was suffering from difficulty in swallowing food since last two years. He had visited various hospitals. After extensive evaluation, he was diagnosed of this rare disorder of food pipe.

With the advances in medicine, an advanced endoscopic procedure known as Per-oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) has become available. After the generous donation and upgradation of endoscopic department at BJ Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) by Mukul-Madhav Foundation and Finolex Industries Ltd. The hospital has also started doing POEM procedure.

Previously, commonly used surgical procedure for this disease used to take longer recovery period and scars over the abdomen. But, POEM takes approximately two hours. Patient can start eating the next day and can be discharged on third day without any scar over body.

The procedure was performed by Dr Nachiket Dubale and Dr Sunil Pawar, Gastroenterologists, with a crucial anaesthetic back up by Dr Gayatri Tadwalkar and her team. Dr Vinay Thorat, Dr Shashikala Sangle, and the Dean, Dr Muralidhar Tambe, provided an invaluable guidance and support for the procedure.

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