Endoscopic Treatment of Zenker's Diverticulum: Principles and Techniques for Successful Flexible Endoscopic Myotomy (DV070)

Type: Upper GI Endoscopy


This CME activity consists of the ASGE video, Endoscopic Treatment of Zenker's Diverticulum: Principles and Techniques for Successful, Flexible Endoscopic Myotomy, followed by a post-assessment and evaluation.

The treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum can be challenging in elderly patients with multiple medical comorbidities who may not be good candidates for an open surgical or rigid endoscopic repair.  The technique of flexible endoscopic myotomy is a relatively new approach and is becoming increasingly practiced among other therapeutic endoscopic procedures.   The ability to perform flexible endoscopic myotomy is an invaluable addition to the armamentarium of the practicing therapeutic gastroenterologist. This educational video program will provide a foundation for understanding the pathophysiology, tools, treatment strategies and challenges in treating patients with Zenker’s diverticulum.  This focus of this video will be to emphasize an effective step-by-step technique and highlight key principles for the safe and successful treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum using flexible endoscopic myotomy.

Target Audience:

Practicing gastroenterologists, gastroenterology fellows and trainees, medical residents, physician assistants, and nurses.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of completing this activity, physicians will be able to:

  • Understand the history, anatomy and pathophysiology of Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD).
  • Identify the clinical symptoms, diagnostic testing and various treatment approaches for ZD.
  • Describe the advantages and goals of care when treating ZD with flexible endoscopic myotomy (FEM).
  • Describe and illustrate the tools and techniques used to perform a safe, successful and effective FEM as well as discuss the post-procedure care.
  • Identify barriers to the use of FEM and provide key points and expert tips to aid in the successful treatment of ZD.

Video Release Date: May 1, 2015
Online CME Release Date: September 1, 2015
CME Expiration Date: May 1, 2018

Expected Time of Activity Completion: 30 Minutes (0.5 CME Credit)

Price: Member: $115 / Non-Member: $165

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