Achalasia is a disorder of the esophagus that makes it difficult for the esophagus to move food into the stomach. It occurs when the sphincter that lets food into the stomach is too tight and will not relax.
UF surgeons can treat achalasia by performing an esophagomyotomy, an operation that helps to loosen up the sphincter at the bottom of the esophagus.
If a portion of the esophagus is too narrow, our surgeons can widen it during a procedure called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy.
A.D.A.M. Achalasia. January 20, 2010. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000267.htm> (August 18, 2011)