Esophageal Dilation

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What is esophageal dilation?

Esophageal dilation is a procedure in which your doctor at GI Alliance will dilate (or stretch out) a narrowed or blocked area of your esophagus. Esophageal dilation is typically performed as an endoscopic procedure to treat gastrointestinal concerns that come with the narrowing (called a stricture) of the esophagus.

Most commonly used is balloon dilation, where the balloon is inserted at the point of the stricture using the video on an endoscope and is then inflated to dilate the esophagus. Esophageal dilation is not used as a method to cure any diseases or conditions, but as a therapeutic procedure to relieve symptoms. Therefore, you may need to receive esophageal dilation therapy multiple times, depending on the nature of your condition. Contact our GI doctors at our nearest GI Alliance location for more information.

Who needs esophageal dilation?

There are many different reasons an individual could benefit from esophageal dilation. Some of the common conditions that often result in an esophageal dilation procedure can include:

  • Chemical injury to the esophagus that causes inflammation/narrowing
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
  • Esophageal cancer
  • GERD (chronic acid reflux)

Contact a GI Alliance location near you to connect with a gastroenterologist that can assist in stretching your esophagus so that you can get the relief you need.

Can I eat after esophageal dilation?

Most patients who receive esophageal dilation may return to eating their normal diet following the procedure after any numbness recedes. Start by eating soft foods, especially if you still find difficulty swallowing, such as bananas, eggs, and pudding. Chew your food well before swallowing. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have, and the diet that is right for you.

Is esophageal dilation safe?

Complications are rare when performed by specially trained doctors, however, even when performed correctly, the procedure can possibly produce complications. Such complications include tearing of the esophagus lining, bleeding, and reaction to anesthesia. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have, and specific risks for your condition.

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Your quick and easy solution to help you swallow again

Esophageal dilation is an easy and quick way to help you if you've experienced difficulty swallowing food so that you can get the relief you need. Contact a GL Alliance practice to schedule a consultation so that our gastrointestinal specialists can help you determine whether this procedure is the right solution for your need.

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