RHOD's Kameron Westcott Had To Get Surgery For Extremely Rare Disease

RHOD's Kameron Westcott Had To Get Surgery For Extremely Rare Disease
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Kameron Westcott revealed to her fans that she was undergoing multiple surgeries via social media. The Real Housewives of Dallas star made it out of the hospital and gave a recent update.

The future Westcott matriarch suffers from a disease that only affects 1 in 200k people called Achalasia. She shared a photo from the hospital bed on December 10.

'Feeling ultra fabulous today! Today I’m getting esophagus surgery to fix my achalasia. For those who do not know... Achalasia is when you lose the pressure of your esophagus tube and sphincter to push food down. (In blonde words.) Achalasia effects 1 in 200,000 people. It’s a rare esophagus disease and the cause still is unknown. A few years ago they developed a procedure in Tokyo, Japan called POEM. We now have 2-4 doctors in the U.S. using the method and so thankful that Dr. Mitchell Stravropoulos himself was trained in Japan to help cure so many Achalasia patients who are struggling in the US! Already completed one 3-hour surgery and headed off to the next phase of surgery, this is what the liquid diet in my stories has been about!!'


She took her treatment in stride as she jokingly complained about how 'not luxurious' hospitals were. Before her operation, the mother of two made sure to take her kids on a tour of New York seeing all the big apple has to offer.

On the 13th, Kameron made it back to Dallas.

The Bravolebrity shared a picture of herself with her feet up alongside a caption that read: 'Made it home from NYC!! Sipping my way through the weekend! (Literally 🤣) two more days til soft foods!! 🥤💕 Happy weekend everyone!!'

Westcott has had a breakout season of RHOD. She went from being seen as the stuck up princess to the hilarious diagram expert. She is also one of the only ones who confronted Leanne Locken on the show about her racially insensitive behavior before the reunion taping.

Get well soon, Kameron!


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  • Richard
    Richard Dec 24, 2019 4:46 PM PST

    Achalasia is a disease in great need for more public and medical awareness in order that people suffering from it may someday benefit from better treatment or a cure. There have been a couple of "public" people who have suffered from it. Astronomer scientist, author and educator, Carl Sagan, Superbowl MVP Malcolm Smith and most recently Dallas "Real Housewife," Kameron Westcott come to mind. With Kameron having recently had "Achalais surgery," she has written about it on social media. She might be doing some people a disservice with her reporting of certain "facts" not being correct. Achalasia is a very rare disease, where there is roughly 1 new case per 100,000 population each year or about 1 in 10,000 people who suffer from it (not 1 in 200,000), meaning that far more people have it than she reported. It is important that a person suffering from Achalasia know that while Dr. Stavropoulos did bring it to the U.S. from Japan, there are many more than "2-4 doctors in the U.S." who perform this surgery. A patient should also be advised that they should only see doctors who have performed this surgery 100 or more times as a less experienced doctor could do real harm. Kameron also mentioned that Dr. Stavopoulos has used POEM (aka Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) to cure patients with Achalasia. The good doctor would be the first person to state that there is no cure for Achalasia, only a "fix" to help people get food down better than before. There are no long term results because the surgery has only caught on in the US in the last 5 years or so. It would also be beneficial for people considering this surgery to know that as many as 50% of the patients experience acid reflux after the surgery. Dr. Stavropoulos told me that he will routinely put patients on acid suppressant medications (PPI's - Proton Pump Inhibitors) after the surgery due to their being no "barrier" between the stomach and esophagus preventing stomach acids from coming up. Most people on PPI medications for life know that there can be some undesirable side effects such as osteoporosis. People with Achalasia looking for guidance beyond what their doctor tells them are advised to join one or more of the excellent support groups that can be easily found on Facebook. Criticism aside, Kameron is to be commended for sharing her Achalasia story as there is so much misunderstanding and ignorance about this disease. Disclosure: I have had this disease for 37 years and have had surgeries for it at John Hopkins Hospital and the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn) as well as consultations with many doctors including Dr. Stavropoulos.

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