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What is Esophageal Dilation?
By Melvin D. Bullock MD
February 19, 2016

What you need to know about esophageal dilation.

Do you have trouble swallowing? Do you feel like there is always a lump in your throat, or food has gotten stuck somewhere and never made it down to your stomach? You may be having trouble with your esophagus, the tube of muscle that connects your throat to your Esophageal Dilationstomach. Dr. Melvin Bullock at Digestive Health and Preventive Care in Roswell, GA, wants you to know about esophageal dilation, a procedure that can help you feel better.

You can have trouble with your esophagus from scarring related to gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Because of GERD, the sphincter muscle that acts as a valve to protect your esophagus from stomach acid doesn't work. Stomach acid is able to flow up into your esophagus, burning your esophageal lining. The tissue heals, but forms scar tissue. This scar tissue can build up and begin to narrow your esophagus, making it difficult to swallow.

Other conditions causing damage or narrowing of your esophagus include excess tissue accumulation in your esophagus, esophageal cancer, scarring after radiation treatment or a disorder of movement (motility) in your esophagus.

Your Roswell gastronologist can perform esophageal dilation, which will help widen your esophagus, making food pass through more easily. Swallowing will be easier too. He can perform esophageal dilation during an upper endoscopy while you are under sedation. Dr. Bullock will determine whether to use plastic dilators or a dilating balloon to stretch the walls of your esophagus.

After your first treatment, you may require additional treatments to allow for a gradual widening of your esophagus, which is better and easier for you. If your Roswell gastronologist determines your esophageal problems are due to GERD, he may prescribe antacids to decrease your risk of acid reflux-related scarring.

If you are having trouble swallowing and feel like your throat is closing up, don’t suffer! Call Dr. Melvin Bullock at Digestive Health and Preventive Care in Roswell, GA. He can discuss how esophageal dilation can help you feel better. Call today!

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