Advanced Treatments for Esophageal-Gastric Motility Disorders and Gastrointestinal Tumors

The Orlando Health Digestive Health Institute offers qualifying patients advanced treatment options including peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) for esophagus or gastric dysmotility and submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection (STER).

POEM is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure used to treat achalasia cardia — a disease that affects the muscle layer of the esophagus. With achalasia cardia, food and liquid move more slowly into the stomach, causing a sensation of having food stuck in the esophagus, or pain or fullness in the chest. With severe disease, patients can aspirate the fluid into the lungs, which can result in pneumonia. POEM offers patients an effective treatment option with a much quicker recovery than standard surgery.

STER is a procedure to remove tumors from the deep layers of the gastrointestinal tract, particularly the esophagus and stomach. Like POEM, STER is a similarly effective treatment option with quicker recovery times than surgery.