Esophageal Dilation in Washington
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What is esophageal dilation?
Esophageal dilation is a treatment in which your specialist at Washington Gastroenterology will expand (or stretch out) a tightened or blocked section of your esophagus. Esophageal dilation is commonly performed as an endoscopic test to treat digestive issues that accompany the constricting of the esophagus, known as a stricture.
The most commonly used is balloon dilation, where the balloon is inserted at the spot of the stricture utilizing the video on an endoscope and is then enlarged to expand the esophagus. Esophageal dilation is not a technique to heal illnesses or conditions but a therapeutic treatment to alleviate symptoms. Consequently, you may need to undergo esophageal dilation therapy many times, based on the nature of your condition. If you need esophageal dilation in Washington, please request an appointment with a nearby facility for additional information.
Who needs esophageal dilation?
There are various reasons a patient might benefit from esophageal dilation. Some of the common conditions that frequently result in an esophageal dilation treatment can include:
- Chemical harm to the esophagus that results in inflammation and constricting
- GERD (chronic acid reflux)
- Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
- Esophageal cancer
Talk to Washington Gastroenterology to connect with a local gastroenterologist who can help dilate your esophagus to secure the relief you need.
Can I eat after esophageal dilation?
Most individuals who receive esophageal dilation in Washington can return to eating their regular diet after the therapy once their numbness recedes. Begin by eating soft foods, such as bananas, eggs, and pudding, especially if you still have difficulty swallowing. Chew your food well before swallowing. Talk to your provider about any concerns you might have and the diet that is appropriate for you.
Is esophageal dilation safe?
Complications are rare when performed by highly qualified providers; however, the therapy can still cause complications even when executed properly. Such difficulties include tearing of the esophagus lining, bleeding, and reaction to anesthesia. Communicate with your provider regarding your concerns and specific risks for your condition.
Your quick and easy solution to help you swallow again
Esophageal dilation is a quick and straightforward method to assist you if you are having difficulty swallowing so that you can have the help you need. If you are seeking a specialist who performs esophageal dilation in Washington, we can help. Get in touch with Washington Gastroenterology to request an appointment so our gastrointestinal specialists can help you determine whether this therapy is the ideal solution for your condition.
I've had two endoscopies with esophageal dilation performed at this location. Everyone is so friendly and wonderful there! They make sure you know what will take place, and make you as comfortable as possible. My procedures have always gone smoothly and I always get a detailed report with photos afterwards. Many thank you's to all of the medical staff there!