Flexible Esophagoscopy and Fluoroscopically Guided Dilation
This chapter describes the endoscopic procedures for dilation of esophageal strictures. This includes an introduction that outlines the indications, risks, alternatives, key steps, equipment needed, and variations in technique for the procedure, namely the use of balloon dilators versus esophageal bougies. A template operative dictation is then included, which provides the reader with a detailed operative report similar to what would be found in the patient medical record. A description is provided of the following critical concepts for this procedure: identifying the stricture and passing a guidewire, selection of dilating equipment, and inspection for perforation.