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Balloon dialation of the esophagus

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Tina Blondek
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Hello dear wonderful friends here on the EC page!
I was just wondering if any of you or your family members dx with EC have gotten the balloon dilation done. My dad, Ray, dx with EC in Nov. 2008, will be getting this procedure done in the near future. Any of your input would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Tina

emg09
Posts: 252
Joined: Mar 2009

Hi,

My dad was diagnosed about the same time. He's actually having a stent put in tomorrow. I've never heard of the procedure you are talking about. Did he already have the surgery? My dad isn't a candidate at this time, possibly won't ever be. It's a long hard road to travel. Right now his spirits seem pretty good. He's ready to get this stent and start a new fight with new drs. and new chemo. He's a stage 4.

Erika

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Tina Blondek
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Joined: Nov 2009

Thanks for responding Erika. No, my dad has not and will not be having the surgery. It will be too risky for him, he has had 5 bypass surgery, and after the chemo and radiation the drs. felt he would not do well. I have done research on this angioplasty dialation, it seems to be a lot like the stent.

Let me know how your dad makes out with getting the stent. You and he will be in my prayers, and here is hoping you have a wonderful holiday weekend.
Tina

OncoSurge
Posts: 21
Joined: Oct 2009

Hi.
I wish you and your family the best of luck and a joyful holliday season.

I suspect folks have not really responded to much to what you are describing because the name can be confusing. I think most folks when they read angioplasty think of blood vessels. Basically, what you are talking about is a baloon dilation.

The "angioplasty" aspect if I understand the literature and/or descriptions is simply because they are using angioplasty baloon/s & associated materials(i.e. made for vascular dilation) in the esophagus. Thus, it is baloon dilation of the esophagus. I hope this helps others to relate so they can discuss with you their experiences personally or on behalf of their family members.

Regards,
OS

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Tina Blondek
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Joined: Nov 2009

Hi and the same wishes to you and your family. Thank you so much for your input. You are correct. I will go in and edit my title.
Regards,
Tina

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mumphy
Posts: 486
Joined: Jun 2009

Hi Tina,

My husband Al had his surgery almost 6 weeks ago and already has had one dilation of his esophagus, and I'm pretty sure when we go to the Dr. on Wed. he will be being scheduled for another. I really is'nt that bad and I have been told that he may need to have them from time
to time until new pipe is fully healed.

Its just one of those things that comes along with the territory.

William explains every thing in such detail that I don't need to go over it. I thank God for
both him and Loretta.

God Bless,
Kath aka Mumphy

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Tina Blondek
Posts: 1560
Joined: Nov 2009

Dearest William and Mumphy,
Thank you so much for answering my questions. You are both so helpful. I am now going to print your responses so my dad can read them. William.....you are the best! Ever consider writing a book on cancer survival? We are praying that all will go well with this balloon dilation. Still waiting for UVA to get back to us about the appointment. Thanks again and I will keep you posted!

God Bless,
Tina
Pamplin, VA

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