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Endoscopic Treatment of Zenker's Diverticulum: Principles and Techniques for Successful Flexible Endoscopic Myotomy (DV070)
Released: September 2015
Viewing Time: 25 minutes

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.

See a preview of this video content here.

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)

Hardware/Software Requirements

Windows Requirements: Operating system: Windows 7+
Browser: Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 10+, Google Chrome 10+
Internet connection: DSL, cable modem, or other high-speed connection
Flash: Adobe® Flash® Player 12+

Macintosh Requirements:
Operating system: Mac OS X 10.6.8+
Browser: Mozilla Firefox 10+, Safari 5+, Google Chrome 10+
Internet connection: DSL, cable modem, or other high-speed connection
Flash: Adobe® Flash® Player 12+


This CME activity consists of an ASGE video, followed by a post-assessment.  All materials required to complete the activity, including the video, are contained within the activity.

To complete this activity,
1. View the video.
2. Complete the Post –assessment by selecting the single best answer for each multiple choice question. You will be able to change your answer at any time until you click on the finish button.
3. Complete the Evaluation.

You may complete the activity in one sitting, or you may save your work in progress and complete it at a later date. However, to earn CME credits, you must complete the activity prior to the CME expiration date. 

In order to claim credit, you must complete the Post-assessment and Evaluation. Completed CME will be tracked in your account and you can print a record of this CME activity at any time. 

Contact Info

For technical difficulties, please contact ASGE between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm Central Time at 1-866-353-ASGE (2743). For questions related to content or CME credits, please email

Availability: Retired
Cost: Member: $13.00
Non-Member: $18.00
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
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