Relief of Dysphagia after Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Improves Long-Term Quality of Life

  title={Relief of Dysphagia after Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy Improves Long-Term Quality of Life},
  author={Yassar Youssef and William O. Richards and Kenneth W. Sharp and Michael Holzman and N D Chandra Sekhar and Joan L Kaiser and Alfonso Torquati},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
Quality of life (QoL) is getting more attention in the medical literature. Treatment outcomes are now gauged by their effect on the QoL along with their direct effect on the diseases they are targeting. The aim of the study was to assess the impact of residual dysphagia on QoL after laparoscopic Heller myotomy for achalasia. QoL was evaluated using the short-form-36 (SF-36) and postoperative dysphagia was assessed using a dysphagia score. The score (range 0–10) was calculated by combining the… CONTINUE READING


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