Whats incompetency of the lower esophageal sphincter?

Prone to reflux. The les prevents excessive reflux of the stomach contents into the esophagus. When it is incompetent, it is more likely you will develop symptoms of gerd (gastresophageal reflux disease) such as heartburn, esophagitis etc.

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Which medicines can fix damage caused to the lower esophageal sphincter?

None. There are medicines like viagra (sildenafil) which can decrease lower esophagel sphincter pressure and there are drugs that can increase GI motility, but there are no fda approved meds that raise les-lower esophageal sphincter pressure. Read more...

Fast eater, with foods which keep getting stuck the lower esophageal sphincter?

Dysphagia. "transfer dysphagia" is a problem moving the food bolus from your mouth to the top of the esophagus; "transit dysphagia" is a problem transiting the food down the esophagus. Endoscopic, x-ray, ; motility studies (modified barium swallow with speech therapist; esophageal manometry) may be helpful in identifying the point of pathology ; fixing it. Can be quite serious--so don't ignore please. Read more...

How do certain foods eaten in gulps weaken the lower esophageal sphincter?

Not sure. I agree, and you would have just ruined the hot dog gorging contests if true. The lower esophageal sphincter is more functional than an anatomic vice, ergo hard to rupture. I am not endorsing gulping or gorging, but sphincter tome is determined more by ph, hormones, and diaphragm anatomy than swallowing. Read more...

Is balloon dilation of the lower esophageal sphincter painful?

Could be. Dilation is a controlled tear. Some patients do experience chest pain after a dilation. Severe pain is worrisome for too large a tear or perforation of the esopaghus. Read more...