A 50-year-old man from Latur was suffering from difficulty in swallowing food since the last 2 years. He had visited various hospitals for his complaints. After extensive evaluation he was diagnosed with a rare disorder of the food pipe known as ‘Achalasia Cardia’.
In this disorder, muscles of food pipe fail to relax normally which leads to narrowing of food pipe and difficulty in swallowing to all kinds of food. This patient was treated successfully at Sassoon General Hospital with Per-oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM).
With the advances in medicine, an advanced endoscopic procedure known as POEM i.e. ‘Per-oral Endoscopic Myotomy’ has become available. After the generous donation and up-gradation of endoscopic department at B. J. Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital by ‘Mukul- Madhav Foundation’ and Finolex Industries Ltd., this hospital has also started doing POEM procedure.
Dr Sunil Pawar, Gastroenterologists at Sassoon, said, “Previously, commonly used surgical procedure for this disease used to take a longer recovery period and patients would have scars over their abdomen. But, POEM procedure approximately takes 2 hours. The patient can start eating the next day and can be discharged on the third day, with no scars.”
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 which included Dr. Vinay Thorat, Dr. Shashikala Sangle, and Dr Muralidhar Tambe, the Dean of Sassoon General Hospital who provided his invaluable guidance and support for the procedure.