Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat certain conditions of the esophagus that affect its ability to contract and move food down to the stomach. It involves the use of a long, flexible tube with a camera and light attached to it. Hence, allowing your doctor to view the inside of the esophagus and stomach.
During the procedure, the gastroenterologist makes a small incision in the lining of the esophagus and uses the endoscope to access the underlying muscles. The doctor then cuts the muscles using specialized instruments attached to the endoscope, which allows the muscles to relax and widen the esophagus, improving its ability to move food down to the stomach.
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