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PATIENTS’ TESTIMONIES

ACHALASIA PATIENTS UNDERWENT ENDOSCOPIC MYOTOMY POEM TECHNIQUE BY NIKOS ELEFTHERIADIS.
(We report the emails of patients underwent POEMs sent to Dr. N. Eleftheriadis with permission)

42-years-old female with severe dysphagia due to sigmoid type III achalasia and faillures of all other previous therapies ( failed Heller in 2013, failed Botox, failed Balloon dilatations), successfully underwent POEM in 13/11/2019 (testimony on 12/December/2019, one month after POEM)

Testimony one month after POEM

My name is RODOPOYLOY BASILIKI and I am 42-years-old
After the diagnosis of achalasia in 2006, I underwent three balloon dilatations and one Botox without result. Then in 2013, I underwent Heller myotomy with fundoplication with failure again. Since then my life has become a nightmare, until recently when I met Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis who performed the POEM to me on 13/11/19 with great success and painless. Many thanks to Dr. Eleftheriadis, from my family and me.
Immediately after the POEM procedure my life returned to normal, eating, drinking and sleeping normally from the first week after POEM. I absolutely recommend the POEM procedure to everybody with esophageal achalasia.

54-years-old male with type II achalasia since 1984 and sigmoid type II megaesophagous
(esophageal dilatation >5cm). He successfully performed 12 cm POEM in 5/02/2019 (this
video was recorded in 11/9/2019, eight months after POEM)
Testimony 8 months after POEM


32-years-old female with type II achalasia since 2016. She successfully underwent POEM in 7/06/2019 (testimony in 22/9/2019, three months after POEM)

Testimony 3 months after POEM

My name is MOYMOYRH AMALIA and I am 32-years-old
Since 2016 I started having dysphagia symptoms. My symptoms gradually deteriorated and I lost 25kgs, I could not even swallow liquids, while I had symptoms at night, such as cough.
After the diagnosis of achalasia type II, which was proved by manometry, I contacted Dr. Eleftheriadis, who recommended me the endoscopic method POEM as the best therapeutic option for my problem, after having explained in detail the process of POEM.
I am lucky I had followed his proposal. POEM was performed in 07/06/2019 by Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis himself, with absolute success, which resulted in my complete cure in short time and permanent disappearance of dysphagia symptoms, which I had sufferred for three years. Next day after POEM I discharged from hospital and within a week I went back to my work. Today, about three months after POEM, I can eat normally, I have gained 7 kgs and my spleep problems disappeared.
I feel the wish to thank my doctor publicly for his medical services he offered me, since I returned to my previous normal life. He helped me to get through one of the most difficult period of my life. I highly recommend the POEM method for achalasia.

78-years-old male with type III achalasia and large esophageal diverticulums, successfully
underwent POEM in 15/02/2018 (testimony in 4/October/2019, 20 months after POEM)

Testimony 20 months after POEM

My name is KYRIAKAKIS EMMANOUIL and I am 79-years-old
I want to thank, Dr. Eleftheriades for his excellent work while performing P.O.E.M.
surgery on me for achalasia. It has been almost two years since the surgery and I feel
wonderful and can swallow everything! I will be recommending Dr. Eleftheriades to
everyone I know who has this condition.
Along with being an excellent doctor, He has a great personality that brings warmth to
our hearts. I am forever grateful to him for the surgery he performed on me and my
quick recovery!
Sending my best wishes, hope he is doing more progress in the future and wish his
days to be as healthy and wonderful as he does it for his patients.
Thank you again for your excellent treatment. All the best to you, Dr. Eletheriades!
Sincerely,
Emmanuel and Foteni Kyriakakis

Successful POEM for achalasia and sigmoid megaesophagus after three failed Heller.

62-years-old female with end-stage sigmoid megaesophagus due to spastic type III achalasia
since 20 years and failure of three (3) previous Heller, two of them the last year. She
underwent successful posterior POEM in Thessaloniki in 20 June 2018 by Dr. Nikos
Eleftheriadis. (This video was sent in 19 November 2018, five months after POEM)


POEM in 63-years-old male with hyperkinetic type II achalasia since one year. He underwent POEM in 29/01/2018 (this testimony was sent to Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in 14/7/2018 six months after POEM)

Testimony six months after POEM

My name is Christodoulou Petrakis from Cyprus and I am 63-years-old. From the beginning of 2017 I began to have dysphagia symptoms during swallowing of both water and food. Even water regurgitated through the mouth and nose after drinking. The symptoms gradually deteriorated. I visited many specialists, gastroenterologists and cardiologists and all told me that I suffered from GERD. They also said me that I have a lot of stress. After a year a gastroenterologist sent me for manometry, which showed esophageal achalasia type II. The gastroenterologist explained me, what achalasia is and that my problem was not GERD but the opposite, food cannot pass through esophagus to the stomach. He also proposed me the new method of treatment known as POEM, which is performed as a gastroscopy, but I had to travel to Greece where there is a specialist with great experience in this technique Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis from Thessaloniki.

I communicated with Dr. Eleftheriadis and in 29 January 2018 I performed the POEM procedure in Thessaloniki. I stayed only one day in hospital and after a week I flight back in Cyprus. Soon after the procedure I started eating and drinking normally and returned to my work within a month after POEM operation. Six months later I am totally fine, eating and drinking everything and I gained weight. Since then I have no problem and I thank a lot Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis.


58-years-old female with hyperkinetic type II achalasia for years and sigmoid esophagus. She underwent posterior POEM in 25/04/2018 (this video was sent to Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in 2/5/2018 eight days after POEM)


33-years-old male with hyperkinetic type II achalasia since one year and failure of previous anterior POEM two months ago. He underwent Redo-POEM (successful posterior POEM) in 17/04/2018 (this video was sent to Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in 18/4/2018 one day after POEM)

Testimony one year after POEM

My name is Gountelos Kon/nos and I am 33-years-old

From the beginning of 2016 I began to have dysphagia symptoms and chest pain during swallowing of both water and food. The symptoms gradually deteriorated, and on December 2016 I had lost more than 30 kg, and as time passed, the amount of food and liquids I could consume was restricted. After examinations and I was diagnosed with type 2 achalasia. My particular case was treated only by surgery. Either open surgery, or nowadays by a new method known as P.O.E.M.
I contacted Dr. Eleftheriadis and from the first communication I was touched by his immediacy, kindness and warmth. He thoroughly explained to me the practical issues about the POEM procedure, and that I will soon be able to eat and drink, like before. I decided to undergo the POEM, which finally was performed by Dr. N. Eleftheriadis in Athens in 16th January 2017, and in a short time after I could eat and drink everything I wanted!
Today, (February 2018) one year later, I’m totally fine, I continue my life without any problem and I can eat and drink everything I wanted! I am grateful and I would like to thank for my heart Dr. Eleftheriadis Nikos, because he gave me my quality of life back. He helped me to go through one of the most difficult times of my life.


70-years-old woman with spastic type III achalasia after failed Heller-Dor.
She successfully underwent POEM in 22/08/2017

70-years-old woman, named Adroula Adorka from Cyprus, with spastic type III achalasia since a year, with sigmoid esophagus came for severe dysphagia and weight loss >30kg the last 6 months after failed Heller. She performed Heller in April 2017, without success and presented continuous deterioration of dysphagia after operation. POEM procedure performed in 22/8/2017 by Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis with success and resulted in complete and immediate (within days) disappearance of symptoms.
The following two videos showed the two testimonies with one-month interval.




55-years-old male with hyperkinetic type II achalasia for 40-years and end-stage sigmoid type achalasia. He underwent POEM in 28/10/2018 (this e-mail was sent to Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in 62/3/2019 four months after POEM)

Testimony 4 months after POEM

My name is Natsi Arturo and I am 55-years-old. From the age of 16 years-old, I suffered from esophageal achalasia. It was troublesome for me for several years. During all these years I consulted many doctors and almost all of them advised me to underwent laparoscopic surgery. Only Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis proposed me a better method, the endoscopic myotomy known as POEM. I searched by myself on the Internet and learned about POEM technique and finally I found the Internet home page of Dr. Eleftheriadis. Immediately, I made an appointment and visit him at his office in Thessaloniki.

From the first moment Dr. Eleftheriadis inspires you confidence and trust and seems to be very experienced Doctor. Without a second thought I made an appointment for endoscopic myotomy, which was performed on 28 th November 2018. Istayed only one night in the Hospital after the procedure, which was not painful, like a simple gastroscopy.

The next day I was discharged, left Thessaloniki and drive myself to Athens without problem. Then I followed specific instructions for 15 days. After these days, I returned to normal life, to my work, eating and drinking normally without avoiding anything. I don’t have any pain and I feel totally healthy.

I thank very much Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis for successful POEM procedure, for his professionalism and for his character. I strongly recommend Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis and no patient who suffered from achalasia, should hesitate to underwent the POEM procedure.

31-years-old male with hyperkinetic type II achalasia for 8 years. He underwent POEM in 06/02/2018 (this e-mail was sent to Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in 13/5/2019 four months after POEM)

Testimony 4 months after POEM

My name is Stylianos Fanourios Tassou and I am 31-years-old.

Eight years ago I started to experience dysphagia symptoms. As time passed
symptoms became more and more severe and I gradually lose weight. A series of
examinations followed and finally I was diagnosed of esophageal achalasia type II.
The definitive solution to my problem was operation.

The most important decision in such a health adventure is the choice of a doctor. After
personal research through the internet and other doctor’s recommendations, we finally
decided to visit Dr. Eleftheriadis, who is an excellent scientist, with a very nice personality!
He is experienced POEM specialist, which is the most modern and technically-documented
method applied in such cases.

The procedure was performed the 6th of February 2019, and I can now eat without pain and
swallow normally from the very first day after POEM!!

I definitely recommend POEM and particularly Dr. Eleftheriadis, who has great experience in
this method, since he really gave me back the quality of life I had lost.

Thanks from my heart, Dr. Eleftheriadis, who gave me back my health !!

33-years-old male with hyperkinetic type II achalasia since one year. He underwent POEM in 16/01/2017 (this e-mail was sent to Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in 22/2/2018 five months after POEM)

Testimony one year after POEM

My name is Gountelos Kon/nos and I am 33-years-old.From the beginning of 2016 I began to have dysphagia symptoms and chest pain during swallowing of both water and food. The symptoms gradually deteriorated, and on December 2016 I had lost more than 30 kg, and as time passed, the amount of food and liquids I could consume was restricted. After examinations and I was diagnosed with type 2 achalasia. My particular case was treated only by surgery. Either open surgery, or nowadays by a new method known as P.O.E.M.
I contacted Dr. Eleftheriadis and from the first communication I was touched by his immediacy, kindness and warmth. He thoroughly explained to me the practical issues about the POEM procedure, and that I will soon be able to eat and drink, like before. I decided to undergo the POEM, which finally was performed by Dr. N. Eleftheriadis in Athens in 16th January 2017, and in a short time after I could eat and drink everything I wanted!
Today, (February 2018) one year later, I’m totally fine, I continue my life without any problem and I can eat and drink everything I wanted! I am grateful and I would like to thank for my heart Dr. Eleftheriadis Nikos, because he gave me my quality of life back. He helped me to go through one of the most difficult times of my life.

52-years-old male with spastic type III achalasia since one year. He underwent POEM in 01/09/2017 (this e-mail was sent to Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in 20/1/2018 five months after POEM)

“My name is Mpaltzoglou Euthimios (Makis). I am also one of the unfortunate persons, who had the misfortune to suffer from this so rare disease known as “esophageal achalasia”. I have to admit that from the beginning of 2017 until August of the same year, my life was a constant suffering, even during hot summer time I could not even drink water. After my own research I tried the ‘balloon dilatation’ method, with totally negative results and complete failure, because my symptoms seriously deteriorated the weeks after. To tell the truth, I feared somehow to underwent POEM, because I had not heard so good things about POEM, supposedly it is an extremely invasive intervention and so on … Result: I underwent POEM in August 2017 with Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis and we are now in January 2018. My life has returned to normal and I live as if nothing had happened. I can eat everything normally. To say that the experience of Nikos Eleftheriadis played a major role in this method, which succeeded to restore my esophageal function to 100%. Except for an excellent scientist, he is also a sympathetic man and a friend-brother.

36-years-old male with spastic type I achalasia for years .He successfully underwent POEM in 08/12/2017 (Herein is the patient’s email sent to Dr. N. Eleftheriadis 20 days after POEM procedure in 29/12/2017)

Testimony one month after POEM technique for achalasia

My name is Rempelos Alexandros. In summer 2015 I had the first symptoms of achalasia. After many false diagnosis and therapies for simple reflux and not being satisfied from treatments and also from the findings of different physicians, I finally went for esophageal manometry in Navy Hospital Athens in 2016. Manometry showed, what I thought and waited, that I suffered from achalasia.

Having in my hands the diagnosis of achalasia, I started another journey of information about this disease, consulting many gastroenterologists and phycisians, discussing with them the therapeutic options in my particular case, while simultaneously doing my personal research on the Internet.

From my personal research I came to the conclusion that I wanted to undergo the POEM technique. It seemed to me that POEM was more advantageous in many aspects than other therapeutic options for achalasia, however in Greece, all physicians I visited, advised me to perform the oldest Heller myotomy. They said that POEM is technically difficult intervention and that there was no such experience to be first treatment option at that moment.

One more year has passed since then, until daily eating difficulties and symptoms, forced me to do something for my problem. By chance I watched on youtube about POEM and I found the site of Dr. Eleftheriadis. I read his CV, saw his publications, his collaborations abroad, especially with Professor Inoue (who is the “father” of POEM) and I decided to contact him.

That was one and a half month ago. Few weeks later I underwent the POEM procedure and today, three weeks after POEM, I write these words and the only weakness I feel, is to describe, how unexpectedly well the thinks has gone for me. So much anxiety, discomfort and doubt nearly three years and they all disappeared in practically a week.

Reading the testimonies of other patients, It does not seem to me that I have to add something more either for Dr. Eleftheriadis or to the whole POEM process. For me personally, I feel that achalasia is in the past and I am surprisingly happy to have trusted Dr. Eleftheriadis. I would strongly recommend everyone suffering from achalasia to undergo POEM and to do the same as me. There is no doubt in my mind that POEM and Dr. Eleftheriadis are ultimately the one-way street for achalasia.


44-years-old man with type III achalasia successfully performed POEM in 01/04/2017

My name is Konstantinos Karakousis from Paros island. I am 44-years-old and diagnosed with achalasia since 2006. The only solution I had to solve my problem was surgery. I was reluctant and I did not want to be operated with open, traditional surgery. As the time passed my problem grew gradually and my quality of life deteriorated and I could not sleep and neither eat nor drink.
Searching and researching for a solution on Internet, I learned about the modern POEM technique, which is performed worldwide with great success. So I contacted Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis, who performed the POEM technique in Greece. I underwent the POEM procedure endoscopically, bloodless and painless. I was hospitalized only one day, although I was very good even from the first day of operation.
I really have no words to thank this wonderful man & Doctor …. Nikos Eleftheriadis! He solved my problem and now I’m fine, sleep and eat normally!

41-years-old man with type II achalasia successfully underwent 24cm posterior POEM in 25/05/2017

My name is Venetis Ioannis.Every time I drink a glass of water at one gulp I am thinking you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

30-years-old man with achalasia type II since a year.
He successfully performed POEM in 15/1/2016

My name is Papasotiriou Sotirios. In December 2015 after manometry I was diagnosed with achalasia type 2. For 10 months I could not eat normally and my situation gradually deteriorated (even to drink water was suffering) and as a result I lost 20 kgs, while the process of eating for me was suffering and not pleasure.

After POEM, which I performed with Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis I could finally eat solid and liquid foods normally, without pain and return to my normal body weight.

The whole procedure was quick (only one overnight in the hospital) and after having been endoscopically treated I had no scar, as it would be in a classical surgery, while recovery was rapid.
Thank you very very much


44-years-old female with vigorous hyperkinetic type ΙΙ achalasia for 5-years, performed POEM in 14/11/2016


49-years-old man with sigmoid type ΙΙΙ achalasia for 20 years and recurrence after previous HELLER. He performed POEM in 23/03/2016


64-years-old male with sigmoid type ΙΙΙ achalasia & ischemic cerebrovascular disease (ICD) since 2013 under anticoagulants successfully performed POEM in 01/11/2016


30-years-old woman with hyperkinetic achalasia type ΙΙ from 2 years.
She performed POEM in 11/12/2015

My name is Michalopoulou Amalia. I had esophageal achalasia for almost 2 years and I had even reached the most severe form and I could neither eat nor drink for almost 2 months, when achalasia reached its end-stage. I visited 6 doctors and all 6 doctors recommended me the surgical Heller. I had however read that it is most likely to need re-surgery again and that the results of Heller could not be permanent. Reflux and even possible esophageal stenosis re-appears again in the majority of patients.
Finally I learnt about endoscopic POEM technique and I made the decision to find and talk to Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis, who performed POEMs in Athens, as my last hope at that time.
His support, dedication, professionalism and humanity were and are, what helped me to make the decision to undergo the POEM intervention.
I had several fears for the procedure, especially the post-operative stage, which left after the completeness of the procedure, and during the follow-up period, when I started slowly to eat again normally as previously, without pain, vomiting or difficulty.
Everything was gone so unexpectedly perfect that neither me believed.
One year later, I can eat everything without fear, thanks to this man who cured me. I did not believe that I would get to eat again normally like before, without the fear of drowning or regurgitation or food not passing to stomach.
Although I lived in Berlin, where POEM technique is widespread, Ι choose to come to Greece, because I trusted Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis who inspired me.
Now after all this, I feel like I had never achalasia.
Mr Eleftheriadis is for me, apart from an excellent doctor, he is also a wonderful man! He helped me so much; he was next to me all the time.

In addition, he is so analytical and eager to help the person, who is facing him, with understanding and sympathy, that these characteristics make him a great doctor and undoubtedly a great man.
Thank you very much for all the dedication, courtesy and humanity that you showed me and above all, that achalasia for me now belongs to the past.

93-years-old woman with sigmoid type achalasia for 10-years and relapse after previous balloon dilatation. She performed endoscopic myotomy POEM in 24/07/2015
(The following e-mail was sent to Dr. N. Eleftheriadis by her daughter)

My mother, 95-years-old today (2017), in 2015, showed gradual severe difficulty in eating solid foods and even liquids. After examinations sigmoid achalasia in advanced stage was diagnosed.
She underwent balloon dilatation ten years ago. Her age and comorbidities did not permit any other conventional surgery,
After POEM, which was performed by Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in Athens in 24/07/2015, until today 2017, my mother can eat and lives normally with excellent quality of life.
I would like to add that except for an excellent scientist, we were fortunate to cooperate with a remarkable man, Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis! Thanks.

56-years-old woman with severe achalasia from a year.
He performed endoscopic myotomy POEM in 1/9/2015

My name is Fotini Goula and I lived in Florina. One year after POEM procedure (October 2016) I write to you to let you know about my current health status.
Before POEM I had reached to the point not only to swallow foods but even water. After much searching and thinking I concluded that I had to undergo the POEM technique, which was performed by Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in Athens in 1/9/2015.
Soon after POEM and after short recovery period I returned to regular and physiologic life. Now, one year post-POEM I can eat normally without any problem. Sometimes and may be with specific foods I had mild reflux. I am satisfied from the entire behavior, interest and presence of Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis after the operation until today 2017.
I really believe that POEM technique was the most appropriate for my case Thank you very much.

35-years-old man with severe spastic type ΙΙΙ achalasia with sigmoid megaesophagus from 7-years. He performed endoscopic myotomy POEM in 22/9/2015


My name is Sagoustis Grigoris and I lived in Thessaloniki. In 2008 I started had swallowing difficulties. I left it. In 2010 my symptoms were more severe and I visited a doctor again. After gastroscopy and manometry It was diagnosed achalasia in mild stage.
They advised me not to do anything at that time and so I left it again. I tried to overcome the problem by drinking water and trying to relax at the time of eating. The symptoms however, became over time worse and more intense. I lost 30 kg in 2015 and I could not eat at all.
I could eat very small meals, and I could not eat properly. Things became much worse over time. They advised me not to undergo surgery to solve my problem. During this time I searched in the internet and found about POEM technique, which is painless and performed endoscopically. I underwent POEM in October 2015 by Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis. I stayed only one day in-hospital and I am very satisfied. Now I have returned to the normal weight and I am absolutely healthy. I have neither swallowing nor any other problem.

75-years-old man with sigmoid type achalasia for 45-years and failure of previous multiple balloon dilatations and contraindication for surgery due to serious comorbidities.
He underwent endoscopic myotomy POEM in 03/02/2015

My father suffered from achalasia diagnosed for years. The diagnosis was made in Belgium when he was 40-years-old. They told him to follow it regularly, but due to daily routine and responsibilities he left it.
Severe complaints occurred about ten years ago, when my father lost weight and reached about 65 kgs. He underwent a balloon dilatation in a private hospital and we hoped that the problem had solved.
However, some years later, symptoms returned and even worse. We went to University Hospital and he started a fight against achalasia with multiple and painful balloon dilatations with poor results….
Then one of our family friends, who suffered from achalasia and underwent the POEM procedure by Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in Thessaloniki, he spoke to us about and we decided to visit him to examine my father.
Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis took my father’s medical history and after explaining the specific difficulties in our particular case, because of end-stage achalasia, we made the appointment and a few days later came the day that my father underwent the POEM operation by Dr.Nikos Eleftheriadis in Athens.
Everything went unexpectedly perfect! In less than a month our dad ate everything and mostly he slept without regurgitations or pain. Day after day both us and Dad forgot what had passed … In February 2017 we close two years after POEM and we calm down from all that Dad had passed ….
All this due to the wonderful doctor Nikos Eleftheriadis!!! With his knowledge, mood and persistence we are finally well!Many congratulations and endlessly “Thank you” !!!!

51-years old man with severe achalasia since 1.5 years.
He underwent endoscopic myotomy POEM in 27/8/2013

My name is Morfidis Dimitrios. I live in Aposkepos Kastorias. I suffered from achalasia since 2012, and in 27 August 2013, I underwent the POEM operation by Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis in Thessaloniki. Since then until today 2017, I have no problem with my esophagus and my life is totally normal.
With my consent, the POEM procedure performed by Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis was recorded and I allowed Dr. Nikos Eleftheriadis, to use the above video material according to his judgment.

NIKOLAOS P. ELEFTHERIADIS
Interventional Gastroenterologist
Specialist in Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for Achalasia
Scientific Associate Digestive Disease Center
Showa University Koto-Toyosu Tokyo Japan
Address: Politechniu 3 Triandria, Thessaloniki PC 55337
Tel: (+30) 2311-283002, (+30) and (+30) 6977778832.
Email: nikolaseleftheriadis@gmail.com
Dr. Nikolaos Eleftheriadis performs interventional – therapeutic endoscopies
including POEM & ESD at Metropolitan Hospital in Athens and
at the Kyannous Stavros – Euromedica Clinic in Thessaloniki.

I am available to you all times to help and give solution to: ‘Achalasia’ with endoscopic myotomy - POEM technique, to reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett esophagus with antireflux mucosectomy (ARMS), to early gastrointestinal (GI) cancer (early cancer of the stomach and large bowel) with ESD technique, to Zenker diverticulum with myotomy (diverticulotomy) and in biliary diseases with ERCP.

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