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Medical Mission in Ethiopia: Month 6

March 16, 2015

We are now in Zanzibar, Tanzania.  This is our first week-long family vacation since venturing to Ethiopia.  It is a tropical paradise. 

A New Approach in the Treatment of Achalasia

March 13, 2015
One of the most rewarding aspects of surgery is that there is constant innovation to improve the operations we do to help patients. Last July, we introduced a new innovative procedure at Swedish called Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy or POEM.

The POEM procedure is used primarily to treat patients with achalasia. Achalasia is a disorder of the esophagus where the nerve fibers deteriorate leaving the esophagus without its propulsive power and the sphincter at the end of the esophagus that prevents reflux to remain closed.
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