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Throat dilation #198682
07-10-2019 08:38 PM
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Has anyone out there had their throat dilated? I will be having that procedure done this Friday, and I'm curious to know how successful the procedure was for you and if you've had to have it done more than once.

Thanks!


Stage I floor of mouth cancer 2012. Surgery only.
Recurrence stage IV floor of mouth October 2018.
Surgery, 2 rounds of chemo and 35 radiation treatment.
Completed treatment March 2019.
Female 57
Re: Throat dilation [Re: Charly1] #198683
07-10-2019 11:54 PM
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Hi, I had this done about 5 weeks ago following 2 years of increasing swallowing difficulties. I didn't have to have radiation and i always thought it was due to scar tissue after the tracheostomy. Anyway, for me it's been a massive improvement, and I can eat normally again, drink normally and swallow tablets. It took about 5 days for my throat to start feeling better, as it was quite sore following the dilatation. I may have to have it done again in future but I wouldnt hesitate. Hope this helps ...all the best for Friday!


March 2017- operation to remove SCC tumour from upper left palate. Partial maxillectomy, free flap forearm reconstruction, left neck dissection. Tracheostomy was c/o as a matter of course following risk of swelling. Back teeth removed as precaution as radiotherapy was predicted. Lymph nodes came back clear, no involvement so rx not required.
HOWEVER, 2 years later , Jan 2019, SCC found in left buccal mucosa, removed by laser. Two operations c/o as first did not have clear margins.
Re: Throat dilation [Re: Carmel59] #198684
07-11-2019 07:27 AM
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Carmel59,

I’ve had throat dilations for a few years now done by my Gastro doctor. Usually while doing that, at some point, he takes a biopsy of the stomach area of the Barrets Esphogus, which I need to check once a year as a few cases can progress to cancer.

It’s not for everyone, as I read, but my dr is pretty good, except when I awoke once from sedation with a tube down my throat, they just gave me more sedation.

Good luck


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