Stricture - HOW do they fix one?
on 3/18/11 8:46 am - Canada
One thing I'm wondering is - when are they sure it's a stricture, and what do you have to go through before they agree that's what your problem is?
And then - how exactly do they repair it? Is it like an elastic band and they have to stretch it?
Do they actually cut the stoma and re-sew it?
To check for a stricture, your doctor will perform a procedure called an endoscopy. A thin, flexible tube with a camera on it is passed down your throat into your stomach. You will be sedated for the procedure, so it won't be uncomfortable. You may have a sore throat afterwards.
If you do have a stricture, your doctor will dilate the opening. He or she will do that while doing the endoscopy. Sometimes one procedure is all it takes. The main thing is to get it treated before any dehydration or vitamin deficiencies result from it. It takes something like 20 minutes and is only a procedure, not a second surgery or anything.
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They inflate a little balloon to stretch the stoma back to 12mm in diameter.
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on 3/18/11 10:54 pm