esophagus stretching
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swamime posted:
My wife is going to have surgery to have her "throat stretched", as she calls it. She is out of town and I'd like to know something about this procedure and the problems that call for it. She had it done many years ago, before I knew her, but now is 60-something and suffers from numerous health issues.
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kkelley2911 responded:
Hi I have achalasia, a deformity of the esophagus, I don't know if your wife has the same disorder. and I had my Lower Esophageal Sphincter muscle (LES muscle) dilated a couple of years ago and it sounds like your wife is doing the same thing now. It's a noninvasive procedure and very common to have repeated every few years. You're put under general anesthesia then the doctors go into your esophagus down the throat (much like an endoscopy if she's had one of those) and balloon the LES muscle open so that food can pass from the esophagus into the stomach. It's usually an out patient procedure. Hope this helps, and good luck.
 
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kkelley2911 responded:
Hi I have achalasia, a deformity of the esophagus, I don't know if your wife has the same disorder. and I had my Lower Esophageal Sphincter muscle (LES muscle) dilated a couple of years ago and it sounds like your wife is doing the same thing now. It's a noninvasive procedure and very common to have repeated every few years. You're put under general anesthesia then the doctors go into your esophagus down the throat (much like an endoscopy if she's had one of those) and balloon the LES muscle open so that food can pass from the esophagus into the stomach. It's usually an out patient procedure. Hope this helps, and good luck.