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Swallowing Problems (Dysphagia)

If you suffer from this disorder, you may have difficulty or pain when swallowing liquids, solid foods, or saliva. If severe enough, this can make it difficult to get the right amount of nutrients your body needs on a daily basis and may cause unintentional weight loss.

Narrowing of the esophagus is a very common problem. Our physicians can almost always uncover the specific cause of the stricture, and there are a variety of treatment options and testing available.

Esophageal Dilation and Dysphagia

Esophageal dilatation is the procedure used to stretch the blocked or narrowed portion of the esophagus that most likely is causing the patient to experience dysphagia.

Some patients may even experience pain while swallowing, become completely unable to swallow or have trouble safely swallowing liquids, foods, or saliva. When this occurs eating may become a challenge and this, in turn, can cause someone to become malnourished and lead to further complications.

Esophageal dilatation that is offered at our practice during an EGD is used to help with the symptoms listed above. The procedure only takes between 20-30 minutes and is done under anesthesia. A series of flexible dilators of increasing thickness are passed through the esophagus one at a time until the proper dilation is achieved. Recovery is usually quick and you should be able to return to eating and drinking soon thereafter.