What is Endoscopy dilation?

Esophageal dilation is a procedure that allows your doctor to dilate, or stretch, a narrowed area of your esophagus [swallowing tube]. Doctors can use various techniques for this procedure. Your doctor might perform the procedure as part of a sedated endoscopy.

How long does an endoscopy with dilation take?

The procedure takes about 15 minutes. An endoscope (scope) is used. This is a narrow tube with a tiny light and camera at the end. The scope is inserted through your mouth and into your esophagus.

What is the success rate of esophageal dilation?

The technical success rate was 99.8%, and the clinical success rate was 91.7%. Patients with corrosive stricture underwent the highest number of procedures (mean, 4.38 procedures). The incidence of esophageal rupture was 14.7%. All esophageal ruptures were detected immediately after the procedure.

How long does esophageal dilation last?

Your throat may feel sore for a day after dilation but usually improves within 24 hours. Localized irritation of the vein where the medication was injected may cause a tender lump lasting for several weeks, but this will go away eventually.

Is esophageal dilation painful?

Is Esophageal Dilation Painful? While minimally invasive, esophageal dilation can cause bruising and soreness. Some patients may experience discomfort during the procedure, and pain when swallowing in the days afterward.

Is dilation of the esophagus painful?

How do I know if I need my esophagus stretched?

You might need to have your esophagus stretched if you have been having trouble swallowing or other problems caused by a narrowed esophagus. When you swallow, you might experience discomfort when your esophagus becomes too narrow. This can affect your ability to eat if pain and discomfort are severe enough.

What are the symptoms of needing your esophagus stretched?

Typical symptoms include:

  • difficult or painful swallowing.
  • unintended weight loss.
  • regurgitation of food or liquids.
  • sensation of something stuck in the chest after you eat.
  • frequent burping or hiccups.
  • heartburn.

Are you awake for esophageal dilation?

Esophageal dilation is minimally invasive, and does not typically require incisions or stitches. Patients remain awake during the procedure, which takes around 15 minutes, and are able to go home the same day.

How many times can you have esophageal dilation?

Overall, one to three dilations are sufficient to relieve dysphagia in simple strictures. Only 25–35 % of patients require additional sessions, with a maximum of five dilations in more than 95 % of patients [4].

What is the recovery time for esophageal dilation?

Your Recovery. After you have esophageal dilation, you will stay at the hospital or surgery centre for 1 to 2 hours. This will allow the medicine to wear off. You will be able to go home after your doctor or nurse checks to make sure you are not having any problems.

The time period necessary for esophageal dilation varies largely from method to method. While the simple bougie dilation will only encompass several minutes, other techniques may require up to half of an hour for completion. In almost all situations you will be able to resume regular activity,…

What is the procedure for stretching the esophagus?

In order to stretch or widen your esophagus, your doctor will need to perform a procedure called “esophageal dilation.” Your physician can make this procedure more comfortable for you by spraying the back of your throat with a local anesthetic before inserting the weighted dilator into your mouth.