What Is an Esophageal Dilation?
Esophageal dilation is a procedure that enlarges a narrowed, or strictured, part of the esophagus. In some cases, it is used to dilate the narrowed exit from the stomach into the first part of the small intestine. After gastric bariatric surgery, for example, sometimes this area has scars and food becomes trapped, so dilation is necessary. Dilation is performed using special catheters with expandable balloons, or by passing a specially designed tapered plastic tube over a guidewire.
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How Long and Where Does the Esophageal Dilation Take Place?
Are Repeat Dilations Necessary?
Are There Any Complications Involved With Esophageal Dilation?
Are Dilation Procedures Done In Other GI Regions?
Dilation of colon strictures, or strictures with J pouches, are sometimes performed. The basic process is similar, and the main difference is the scope used is a colonoscope, or a scope passed through the rectum into the intestinal J pouch, as is done during a colonoscopy. Bile duct or pancreas duct strictures are treated during endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP).
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