Strictures are one of the most common complications of surgery and really aren't that bad.
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.