Esophageal dilatation video
December 14, 2008 § 6 Comments
The patient has gone through an esophagectomy to remove a tumor. After removing a part of the esophagus the GI tract is reconnected by modifying the stomach and reconnecting it to the esophagus (read more about that and watch a video here). The scar tissue forming around this anastomosis has caused a narrowing of the passage. The dilatation is done to expand this narrowing.
The esophagus is first examined using a gastroscope. A wire with a balloon on the tip is inserted through a canal in the scope. The balloon is placed in the middle of the narrowing and is then inflated with liquid to a certain pressure. It is left like this for a few minutes, before being deflated and removed.