Stricture in the Esophagus Treatment
Treatment of an esophageal stricture depends on the severity of the blockage. Treatment may include acid blocker medications and esophageal dilation procedures.
Treatment of esophageal stricture may include:
- Acid blocker medications:
- Proton pump inhibitors:
- Omeprazole (Prilosec)
- Pantoprazole (Protonix)
- Lansoprazole (Prevacid)
- Rabeprazole (Aciphex)
- Esomeprazole (Nexium)
- Esophageal dilation for esophageal stricture
- Diet control:
- Avoid fatty foods
- Avoid spicy foods
- Avoid chocolate
- Avoid peppermint
- Eat smaller meals
- Chew food well
- Avoid eating 2-3 hours before bedtime
- Weight reduction if overweight
- Correct ill-fitting dentures
- Treat underlying tooth and gum disease
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid smoking
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Stricture in the Esophagus Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of esophageal stricture.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Stricture in the Esophagus Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat esophageal stricture:
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