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.