Esophageal Dilation in Northwest Arkansas

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Esophageal dilation is a treatment in which your physician at GI Alliance of Arkansas will spread (or dilate) a narrowed or blocked segment of your esophagus. Esophageal dilation is typically executed as an endoscopic procedure to treat GI issues that accompany the narrowing (called a stricture) of the esophagus.

The technique most often employed is balloon dilation, where a balloon is introduced at the spot of the stricture utilizing the images provided by an endoscope and is then enlarged to expand the esophagus. Esophageal dilation is not utilized as a method to cure any illnesses or conditions, but as an alternative procedure to alleviate symptoms. Consequently, you may need to receive esophageal dilation therapy many times, contingent on the nature of your problem. If you are in need of esophageal dilation in Arkansas, contact our clinic for additional information.

There are several different conditions whose symptoms may be alleviated with esophageal dilation. Some of the common conditions that often result in an esophageal dilation procedure can include:

  • GERD (chronic acid reflux)
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
  • Chemical damage to the esophagus that causes swelling and narrowing
  • Cancer of the esophagus

Speak with GI Alliance of Arkansas to connect with a gastroenterologist who can assist in expanding your esophagus so that you can find the relief you require.

The majority of individuals who undergo esophageal dilation in Arkansas are able to return to eating their standard diet after the treatment once their numbness has subsided. Begin by consuming tender foods, such as bananas, eggs, and pudding, particularly if you still have problems swallowing. Grind your food well before swallowing. Speak with your specialist about any problems you may have and the food that is optimal for you.

Difficulties with esophageal dilation are uncommon when it's performed by a skilled professional, but even when carried out correctly, the treatment has the potential for complications. Such difficulties involve tearing of the esophagus lining, bleeding, and adverse response to anesthesia. Communicate with your doctor about any fears you have and special risks for your disease.

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Esophageal dilation is a quick, simple method to help people who have difficulty swallowing food find relief. If you are seeking a specialist who performs esophageal dilation in Arkansas, our team can help. Speak with GI Alliance of Arkansas to request a consultation so that our GI doctors can help you determine whether this treatment is the right answer for your situation.

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