Training in peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for esophageal achalasia

  • Nicholas Eleftheriadis, Haruhiro Inoue, Haruo Ikeda, Manabu Onimaru, Akira Yoshida, Toshihisa Hosoya, Roberta Maselli, Shin-ei Kudo
  • Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, July 2012, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.2147/tcrm.s32666

Training in peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for esophageal achalasia

What is it about?

Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) has been developed in the context of natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) as a minimally invasive endoscopic treatment for symptomatic esophageal achalasia, which is a chronic progressive benign disease with severe morbidity and difficult management. Since September 2008, POEM has been successfully performed in more than 2000 patients worldwide. Herein a simple animal model is described for training in POEM.

Why is it important?

POEM is a technically demanding procedure with potential serious life threatening complications. Many legislation issues arised from application of POEM in humans which made training in POEM difficult. There is therefore an urgent need for an animal model for training to decrease the learning curve.

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