Esophageal Dilation in Thibodaux, LA

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Esophageal dilation is a procedure in which your provider at Digestive Health Center will enlarge (or stretch out) a tightened or obstructed section of your esophagus. Esophageal dilation is typically performed as an endoscopic procedure to treat gastrointestinal issues that come with the narrowing of the esophagus (called a stricture).

The most common method for esophageal dilation is called balloon dilation. During this technique, the balloon is introduced at the point of the stricture and is then inflated to expand the esophagus. We perform this procedure using an endoscope with a camera on the end. Esophageal dilation is not utilized as an approach to heal any diseases or ailments, but as an alternative treatment to relieve GI symptoms. Therefore, you might need to obtain esophageal dilation therapy multiple times, contingent on the nature of your problem. If you are in need of esophageal dilation in Thibodaux, LA, contact your nearest location for more information.

There are various reasons an individual might benefit from esophageal dilation. A few of the general problems that often result in an esophageal dilation treatment can include:

  • GERD (chronic acid reflux)
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Chemical damage to the esophagus that causes inflammation and constricting

Contact Digestive Health Center to find a gastroenterologist that can assist in helping you achieve the relief you need and deserve.

Most clients who obtain esophageal dilation can go back to eating their normal diet after any lingering numbness abates. We suggest you start by consuming soft foods, such as bananas, eggs, and pudding, especially if you are having difficulty swallowing. Chew your food well prior to swallowing. Speak with your Thibodaux, LA provider regarding any concerns you may have, and the food that is appropriate for you.

Complications are unusual when performed by specially qualified doctors like the ones at Digestive Health Center. Despite that, even when done accurately, the treatment can potentially produce problems. Such complications involve splitting of the esophagus lining, bleeding, and adverse response to anesthesia. Communicate with your provider about any fears you have and particular risks for your condition.

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Esophageal dilation is an easy and quick method to help individuals who have experienced problems consuming food due to GERD, eosinophilic esophagitis, esophageal cancer, or inflammation of the esophagus. If you are in need of a specialist who performs esophageal dilation in Thibodaux, LA, our team can help. To find out if this is a good treatment option for solving your gastroenterology issues, contact your nearest Digestive Health Center location to request a consultation with one of our skilled GI specialists.

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