Esophageal and colonic stent placement offers relatively non-invasive approach to many digestive diseases. Stents, hollow tubes made of flexible alloy mesh, are often rolled up to the size of a pencil and inserted in the esophagus, duct system, or bowel who open areas blocked by tumors or blockages. The stents expand once in place and help keep a passageway open.
WHEN STENTS ARE USED
Stents are often used in two circumstances:
- To relieve obstruction for patients not good candidates for surgery
- To empty the esophagus or bowel for patients who needs surgery to make the surgery safer
As the stent placement is minimally invasive, which makes it a good process in either case.
A stent is put in place in the esophagus, stomach, duodendum, or large intestines using a scope. While those in the esophagus are relatively easy to place, those in the duodental or colorectal areas are more difficult to place because of the severity of the obstructions and the local anatomy.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM STENT PLACEMENT
Placing a stent may be part of another endoscopic procedure included in less than an hour. Procedures are typically done when you are under sedation. Once you wake up, your doctor can usually share pulmonary results with you.
Procedure to insert a stent in the esophagus, you may experience difficulty swallowing at first. Your doctor might recommend trying food with different textures food that is cut in smaller pieces.
SCHEDULE AT OASIS ADVANCED GASTROENTEROLOGY
Esophageal and Colonic Stent Placement can replace more invasive digestive system surgeries. Contact Oasis Advanced Gastroenterology in Palm Springs to schedule Esophageal and Colonic Stent Placement with Dr. Asgeri.
Request an appointment online or call 760-699-7607.