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Esophageal Dilation in Illinois

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Esophageal dilation is a process in which your doctor at GI Alliance of Illinois will enlarge (or stretch out) a constricted or obstructed region of your esophagus. Esophageal dilation is generally performed as an endoscopic exam to address digestive concerns that accompany the constricting (called a stricture) of the esophagus.

Most commonly used is balloon dilation, where the balloon is inserted at the area of the stricture using the video on an endoscope and is then inflated to dilate the esophagus. Esophageal dilation is not used as a way to cure any illnesses or conditions, but as a therapeutic procedure to reduce symptoms. Therefore, you may need to undergo esophageal dilation therapy many times, based on the type of your problem. If you are in need of esophageal dilation in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Bloomington, IL, please contact a GI Alliance of Illinois location near you for additional information.

There are many different reasons a patient may benefit from esophageal dilation. A few of the general problems that often result in an esophageal dilation treatment include:

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

If you feel you might benefit from esophageal dilation, contact GI Alliance of Illinois to find a gastroenterologist that can assist in stretching your esophagus so that you can find the relief you need.

Most patients who get esophageal dilation in Illinois are able to return to eating their regular diet after the procedure when any numbness subsides. Start by consuming tender foods, such as bananas, eggs, and pudding, especially if you still find difficulty swallowing. Grind your food well prior to swallowing. Talk to your provider regarding any concerns you might have regarding the esophageal dilation and the diet that is appropriate for you.

Problems with esophageal dilation are unusual when carried out by a specifically trained provider. Be that as it may, even when executed correctly, the procedure can create complications. Such problems include ripping of the esophagus lining, bleeding, and adverse response to anesthesia. It is always important to speak with your provider about any fears you have, and special risks for your condition. To discuss esophageal dilation and concerns you may have regarding the procedure, contact a GI Alliance of Illinois location near you to request a consultation with one of our highly skilled GI specialists.

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Esophageal dilation is a straightforward and rapid way to support you if you've had difficulty swallowing so that you can get the nutrition you need to be healthy. If you are searching for a specialist who performs esophageal dilation in Illinois, we can help. Contact GI Alliance of Illinois to request a consultation so that our gastrointestinal providers can help you decide whether this treatment is the right answer for your situation.

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