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Why would you need your esophagus stretched?

Benign esophageal stricture typically occurs when stomach acid and other irritants damage the lining of the esophagus over time. This leads to inflammation (esophagitis) and scar tissue, which causes the esophagus to narrow.

What causes thickening of the esophagus? The acid and bile from the stomach regurgitates into the lower part of the esophagus and causes constant irritation. This leads to thickening and cellular changes in the lower esophagus called Barrett’s esophagus in 10 to 15% patients.

What is the procedure for stretching the esophagus? In order to stretch or widen your esophagus, your doctor will need to perform a procedure called “esophageal dilation.” Your physician can make this procedure more comfortable for you by spraying the back of your throat with a local anesthetic before inserting the weighted dilator into your mouth.

What is the recovery time for esophageal dilation? Your Recovery. After you have esophageal dilation, you will stay at the hospital or surgery centre for 1 to 2 hours. This will allow the medicine to wear off. You will be able to go home after your doctor or nurse checks to make sure you are not having any problems.

What are the symptoms of a tear in the esophagus? Another common symptom of a tear in the esophagus is discomfort in the throat and neck region. There can be a severe neck, upper and lower back along with shoulder pain. The uneasiness is most likely to increase when the person is lying down in a flat posture. Increased heart rate with rapid breathing.

Can esophageal cancer kill you?

Can esophageal cancer kill you? Esophageal cancer is a painful disease that can be fatal. In the late stages of the cancer, the tumor may completely obstruct the esophagus, making it impossible to swallow.

Can you stretch your esophagus? Esophageal dilation. For a tight esophageal sphincter (achalasia) or an esophageal stricture, your doctor may use an endoscope with a special balloon attached to gently stretch and expand the width of your esophagus or pass a flexible tube or tubes to stretch the esophagus (dilation).

What causes narrowing of the esophagus? The most common cause of narrowing of the esophagus, or stricture, is scarring of the esophagus from reflux of stomach acid occurring in patients with heartburn.

How deadly is esophageal cancer? Esophageal cancer is relatively common and is very deadly. Each year in the United States, there are roughly 17,000 new cases of esophageal cancer and 15,000 deaths from the disease.1. Most cancers of the upper two thirds of the esophagus arise from squamous cells and are called squamous cell or epidermoid cancers.