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Doctor will use balloon method to widen a narrowing of the anal canal caused by scarring after colon surgery. What is the success rate of this method?

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Dr. Dan Lister
Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: Pretty good.

Dilation of a stricture is a common practice and usually very successful.
Remember that it may take multiple dilatations to achieve good and lasting results.

In brief: Pretty good.

Dilation of a stricture is a common practice and usually very successful.
Remember that it may take multiple dilatations to achieve good and lasting results.
Dr. Dan Lister
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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Success rate depends on a number of factors- time after surgery (longer time is worse), underlying disease (worse with crohn's), patient issues (worse with smoking or poor blood flow to area).
There are also risks: re-stenosis (tightening of opening), and perforation or making a hole at the surgery site. Ask your doctor about his/her experience with this technique.

In brief: Depends

Success rate depends on a number of factors- time after surgery (longer time is worse), underlying disease (worse with crohn's), patient issues (worse with smoking or poor blood flow to area).
There are also risks: re-stenosis (tightening of opening), and perforation or making a hole at the surgery site. Ask your doctor about his/her experience with this technique.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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