Jefferson University Hospitals

Esophageal Dilatation

An endoscopic procedure that stretches or opens the blocked portion of the esophagus is called an esophageal dilatation. Physicians of the Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center have access to a number of dilating techniques, including a balloon dilatation.

What Does Esophageal Dilatation Involve?

During this procedure, the band of muscles at the bottom of your esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach) is opened and a small deflated balloon is placed inside. When inflated, the balloon will stretch and break the blockage. This procedure can help allow the muscles that control swallowing open the right way when you swallow.

Why Choose Jefferson for Voice & Swallowing Disorders Treatment in Philadelphia?

The Center, a joint program with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and housed within the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, provides comprehensive state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of disorders affecting the voice and swallowing.