Gleneagles Global Health City Performs Z-poem Procedure On 73-year-old

~ Gleneagles Global Health City doctors use novel procedure to treat Zenker’s Diverticulum in woman ~

Chennai, Decemberr 13th , 2022: A 73-year-old woman from chennai was treated successfully at the Gleneagles Global Health City (GGHC), Chennai for Zenker’s diverticulum using Z-poem method. Prior to the treatment, she has had two years of intermittent history of food bolus impaction. The condition worsened over the last six months leading to progressive dysphagia and sensation of food impaction in throat, heart burns and regurgitation.

Sharing details about the rare case, Dr B. Mahadevan Senior Consultant & Head of Department – Medical Gastroenterology & Therapeutic Endoscopy, Gleneagles Global Health City, said, “We evaluated the patient and decided that an endoscopic intervention called Z-POEM would be the best option for Zenker’s diverticulum. The procedure was uneventful, and the patient started on liquid diet, 48 hours after the procedure. She has recovered well and is currently asymptomatic.”

Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD) is rare, but a clinical condition typically seen in middle-aged and older adults, which needs medical intervention. The reported prevalence is 0.01 to 0.11%.

Explaining the procedure, Dr B. Mahadevan said, “It is the movement of food gets obstructed leading to chronic cough, spitting out of food, regurgitation and leading to further complications for normal living. Z- POEM Peroral endoscopic myotomy approach corrects Zenker’s Diverticulum was decided after detailed analysis of the situation. Through Z-POEM we created an artificial tunnel between the muscle and mucosa on either side of the septum. This space is very narrow even for endoscopy to be performed. We have to divide the septum until the bottom of oesophagus.”

Peroral endoscopic myotomy for Zenker’s Diverticulum (Z-POEM) is a modified novel technique used for treating swallowing disorder or achalasia cardia. Z-POEM involves creation of submucosal tunnel to facilitate complete visualization of the septum and division of the septum. The potential risk of recurrence due to incomplete visualisation of septum by conventional division of septum can be avoided with Z-POEM. This procedure can be meticulously performed on the elderly and high-risk patients for surgical repair so that there is less morbidity and early post procedure recovery.

Dr Alok Khullar, CEO, GGHC shared his happiness about the 73-year-old woman doing well. He said, “At Gleneagles Global Health City, our experts performing this unique procedure have come up with an alternate treatment plan for treating Zenker’s Diverticulum using Z-POEM. By curing this rare case our doctors have done their best to help the patient lead a normal life and this enables to provide futuristic solutions for everyone.”

About Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai:

Gleneagles Global Health City at Perumbakkam, Chennai is one of India’s most renowned multi-organ transplant centers. It is also one of the top tertiary care multi-specialty hospitals in the city with path-breaking Liver, Neuro, Heart, Lung, and Kidney procedures to its credit and legacy. The NABH, NABL, and NABB accredited hospital operates 200+ beds. A modern CathLab, 13 operation theatres, and advanced imaging services (TruBeam STx, Slice PET CT, and Tesla MRI) offer cutting-edge emergency and critical care management following internationally approved clinical protocols.

Over 10 years of clinical excellence has earned the hospital tie-ups with all major cashless health insurance players and is the preferred choice hospital by all major corporates in the city. The hospital is an international medical destination for thousands of patients in India, the Middle East, Africa, and SAARC nations. The hospital also offers Video Consult services to its patients in India and abroad

Gleneagles Global Health City is a part of IHH Healthcare, one of the world’s largest healthcare providers. With its full spectrum of integrated services, dedicated people, reach and scale, and commitment to quality and safety, IHH aspires to be the world’s most trusted healthcare services network, united by a single purpose: to touch lives and transform care. More information on Gleneagles Global Health City can be found on the hospital’s website

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