What Is Esophageal Dilation?

Q:
What Is Esophageal Dilation?

A:
Esophageal dilation is one type of palliative therapy. Its aim is to prevent or relieve symptoms instead of curing the cancer. The treatment will make patients more comfortable and improve their quality of life.

Specifically, esophageal dilation stretches out an area of the narrowed or blocked esophagus. So, the patients can have better swallowing. The doctor will pass a small device in shape of a balloon or a cylinder down the throat and push through the narrowed area to stretch it out (See picture below).

Before the procedure, your doctor may:

  • give you a sedative to help you relax;
  • numb your throat by spraying it with a local anesthetic.

There is a small risk of bleeding or tearing a hole in the esophagus. This could require surgery or other treatment to fix.

 

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