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Esophageal Dilation


Esophageal dilation is a procedure to widen a narrow part of your esophagus. Your healthcare provider 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 healthcare provider will use a scope to see inside your esophagus.



  • Medicines may be given to decrease stomach acid that can irritate your esophagus.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


You may eat foods you normally eat. Chew your food well. Eat soft foods if you still have problems swallowing. Soft foods include applesauce, bananas, cooked cereal, cottage cheese, eggs, pudding, and yogurt. Ask for more information on what types of food to eat.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You feel very full or bloated.
  • You have more problems swallowing food.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You vomit blood.
  • You are not able to swallow any food.
  • You have a fast heartbeat, chest pain, or sudden trouble breathing.
  • Your abdomen suddenly becomes tender and hard.

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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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