Esophageal dilatation is a procedure that allows your physician to stretch, or dilate, your esophagus. Dilation is performed during an upper endoscopy. The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. In some circumstances, the esophagus may become narrow. This is known as a stricture. This most commonly happens from chronic acid reflux. Acid can burn, and scar, the esophagus, making it more difficult to swallow foods. In this situation, dilation may be needed to open up the narrow area. Your doctor will use specialized tools, such as inflatable balloons, to stretch the esophagus.
Your doctor may recommend esophageal dilation for the following reasons:
Sometimes, the esophageal dilation procedure is performed along with an upper endoscopy. If this is the case for you, you will be sedated before the procedure begins. Then, you will be ready for your physician to pass the instrument into your mouth and down your throat. You will be able to continue breathing normally. In a variation of this procedure, your physician begins may use a tapered dilating instrument to dilate your esophagus.
Once inside the esophagus, your doctor will dilate the constricted area with either a dilating balloon or a plastic dilator. You will not feel any pain. In a short period of time after the procedure is over, you can return to your normal life. You will be able to drink fluids again after the anesthetic wears off. You are not likely to experience any side effects from this procedure other than a mild sore throat that will only last for about a day. You should be able to eat solid foods the next day.
After your doctor has managed to dilate your esophagus entirely, esophageal dilation will no longer be necessary for you. In the event that your esophagus became scarred because of acid reflux, you can prevent repeat procedures by taking acid-suppressing medications. Your doctor will educate you on this issue and make recommendations or prescribe medications to avoid this outcome.
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Also, we strive to make your visit as hassle free as possible. We accurately schedule visits in advance, provide convenient onsite parking, and keep your waiting period to an absolute minimum. This is achieved by the fact that no emergency procedures are placed in front of your scheduled time (such as in most hospitals). Also, we do not double book patient appointments, when you are scheduled to be treated that time is assigned only to you.
When undergoing an esophageal dilatation, the following will apply to your procedural visit:
The most important thing to remember is not to worry! Our gastroenterologist are highly experienced physicians and we have completed thousands of dilatations, also we supply our gastroenterologist with only the best equipment to increase safety, as well as diagnostic and treatment effectiveness. Last, but certainly not least, please ask any questions you may have of your healthcare team, who will be there for you during and after your procedure, and all of whom are dedicated to ensure you receive the best care possible.
IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTE
We recommend that people experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms do not attempt self-treatment. With many medications being available over the counter, and numerous do-it-yourself online unqualified remedy recommendation, it is natural to consider treating yourself but we highly recommend against this.
If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms you may have a more significant issue than you would expect from the sometimes muted or infrequent symptom you may be experiencing. It is important to keep in mind that is you are having gastrointestinal symptoms or concerns it is best see a doctor to have those symptoms diagnosed and any conditions treated. Also, it is worth noting, that if health conditions do exist, the earlier they are diagnosed and treated, the greater the probability will be to successfully eliminate or manage a present condition, in fact successful outcomes will increase significantly with early detection.
If you have gastrointestinal concerns or are experiencing any gastrointestinal symptoms, please contact us promptly to schedule a consultation with a physician.
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