ESOPHAGEAL DILATION is a procedure that dilates, or stretches, a narrowed area of your esophagus.
You may experience mild pressure in the back of your throat or in the chest during the procedure. After the dilation is performed, you will be observed for a short period of time and then to return back to your normal activities. You should arrange for someone to accompany you home, because the sedation might affect your judgment and reflexes for the rest of the day.
Complications can occur even when the procedure is performed correctly but they are rare. You should review and understand the pertinent brochures/write-ups, and sign properly explained consent form prior to your procedure. Depending on the degree and cause of your esophageal stricture, you may need to repeat dilations. This allows the dilation to be performed gradually and decrease the risks of perforation.
Once the stricture is completely dilated, repeat dilations usually may not be required with your post-procedure medical management. In patients with esophageal strictures due to cancer, post-radiation, post-laser and post-caustic injury may need repeated dilations and probably esophageal stenting.