Oesophageal dilation/ throat stretching

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Hi. I'm visiting from the Head & Neck forum asking for advice please.

Has anyone any experience of having their throat dilated post treatment?

I was referred from ENT to gastro and had a flexible endoscopy with my throat stretched with a balloon from a 'tight stricture' to 9mm under sedation.

They referred me back to ENT and I've been offered a rigid oesophagoscopy under general anesthesia to take me up to around 25mm in one go. 

I have been told that scar tissue could form and I could end up worse than when I started although the procedure does have a good success rate.

I still have taste issues and dry mouth from chemo radiation which wouldn't be improved with the dilation. 

I appreciate any advice. I've updated my profile with the details of my journey so far.


Liz x

  • Hi Puny Goose

    Welcome,  thanks for visiting us, sorry that I am unable to offer any advice, though I do think there may be one of two people who may be able to offer some thoughts on their own experiences, hopefully you will get some further answers soon. 

    I wish the very best with the procedure and the future. 


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  • Thanks for the reply Lowe. All the best to you and your husband x