What Is an Esophageal Stent?

Q:
What Is an Esophageal Stent?

A:
An esophageal stent is a metal tube. The doctor uses it to hold open a blocked area of your esophagus (see pictures below). This helps you swallow solids and liquids.

Esophageal stent

Your esophagus is the food pipe connecting the back of your mouth to the stomach. Many health problems can partly block a portion of your esophagus. So you will find it hard to swallow. The medical term for this is dysphagia. You might have pain when you swallow or feel like food is stuck in your chest. The food might come back up after you swallow. So, a stent can help reopen your blocked esophagus and ease symptoms.

Please talk to your doctor to see whether you need the procedure.

 

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