fixing a block or stricture

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   Posted 1/24/2010 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Why can't they "balloon" open a stricture or a blockage?  That is what they did to my esphageal ring and it worked well. 

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   Posted 1/24/2010 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it might depend on how thick the scarring is. When I asked my GI about it, she said the risk was too great for the scar tissue to tear open (can't remember what the technical term was ;-)).
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   Posted 1/24/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
So do they sometimes balloon it? I hear everyone talking about resections but never ballooning. The reason I ask is that I am having lots of pain and after 34 years I think I may have finally reached the point of needing this done. Scope and EGD scheduled feb 2. I hope I am wrong.

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   Posted 1/24/2010 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a stricture balloon dilated during a colonoscopy once, and it helped for a long time, but then because of adhesions narrowing the intestine from the outside, they couldn't do anything to fix it except surgery.

I guess it depends what's causing it as to if they can fix it with balloon.

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
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   Posted 1/24/2010 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. It is good to know that that may be an option. I guess I will know on the 2nd. One more gallon of colyte. Yippee. NOT!

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   Posted 1/25/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it all depends on how tight the stricture is. I do hear that the dialation works but not a long term solution. After having the disease this long, I am thinking you probably got some serious narrowing going on in there. I had to have an emergency resection after having the disease for over 27 years. You have had years of inflammation and then healing occuring, so that is why I suspect you have probably developed a pretty good stricture. Good luck on your tests!
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