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A 49-year-old member asked:

How serious is an esophagectomy for a 43 year old woman without cancer, just unable to swallow?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 66 years experience
Can be serious: Esophageal problems causing dysphagia are usually related to strictures. Depending on where the problem arises, various procedures to relieve the blockage are available. This includes laser reopening, various forms of dilatation or a plasty type of procedure to widen the stricture site. Removal of the esophagus is usually relegated to carcinoma of the esophagus and is a large procedure.
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Last updated Jul 4, 2014

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