Esophageal Dilation

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Esophageal dilation is a procedure to widen a narrow part of your esophagus. Your caregiver will use a dilator (inflatable balloon or another tool that expands) to make the area wider. He may also do an endoscopy before or during your esophageal dilation. During an endoscopy, your caregiver will use a scope to see inside your esophagus.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

RISKS:

During the procedure, saliva or stomach fluid may get into your lungs and cause pneumonia. Your esophagus may be damaged and cause bleeding or an infection. You may need another surgery to repair the damage. Even with treatment, your esophagus may become narrow again.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Before your procedure:

  • Informed consent is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

  • An IV is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.

  • Anesthesia is medicine to make you comfortable during your procedure. Caregivers will work with you to decide which anesthesia is best for you.

    • Local anesthesia is sprayed in your mouth to numb the area and dull the pain. You may still feel pressure or pushing during the procedure.

    • General anesthesia keeps you asleep and free from pain during your procedure. Anesthesia may be given through your IV. You may instead breathe it in through a mask or a tube placed down your throat. The tube may cause you to have a sore throat when you wake up.

During your procedure:

Your caregiver will insert a scope or dilator into your mouth and guide it down to your esophagus. A sample of tissue may be taken to be tested. Your caregiver will use a dilator to stretch the narrow part of your esophagus. He may repeat this step 1 or 2 times with larger dilators. He may place a stent or inject steroid medicine into the area to help prevent it from narrowing again.

After your procedure:

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Caregivers will monitor you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your caregiver says it is okay. When your caregiver sees that you are okay, you will be able to go home or be taken to your hospital room.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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