As with any surgery or procedure, there are risks involved.
If you underwent minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery, you should expect to remain in the hospital for 24-48 hours following the procedure. You likely will be able to return to regular activities in about 2 weeks. With open surgery, your hospital stay will be slightly longer but you should still be able to return to normal activities in 2 to 4 weeks.
A barium swallow may be obtained before discharge to confirm that there is no leak and that barium passes through the esophagus easier.
Patients will generally go home on a liquid diet for a few days slowly progressing to a soft diet for a few weeks.
If swallowing is improved, patients will progress to a regular diet after following up with their surgeon. It is important to remember that no treatment will cure achalasia, and while swallowing may be much improved, certain foods may still cause dysphagia or regurgitation, and patient should still sleep at an angle to prevent getting food or fluid into their lungs while sleeping.
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment options for you.
Reviewed by: Jules Lin, MD and Rishindra Reddy, MD