Botox for the Treatment of Achalasia
Achalasia is a disease in which the distal esophageal muscles stop working, and the sphincter at the end of the esophagus does not open normally. This causes trouble swallowing and chest pain. Dr.Ahmed can inject botox into the lower esophageal sphincter to relax it, which helps allow food to pass through. Dr.Ahmed does this injection under sedation, and gets to the sphincter by performing an upper endoscopy. Other treatments for achalasia include surgical cutting of the lower esopheal sphincter, or dilating the sphincter. Botox injection is less invasive and is great for patients who cannot undergo surgery or want results quickly.
Botox for the Treatment of Anal Fissure
An anal fissure is a tear in the anal tissue. These can be painful and bleed. Nitroglycerine ointment is often successfully used to heal anal fissures. However, some fissures do not improve with this ointment, and botox is used. Dr. Ahmed injects botox into the muscle of the anal sphincter, which can decrease the amount of pressure in the area of the fissure. This allows the fissure to heal.