Dysphagia surgery

1.- What is dysphagia surgery?

2.- Why is it performed?

3.- What does it consist of?

Care after the intervention

What is dysphagia surgery?

Dysphagia, also known as difficult swallowing, is the difficulty in processing the food we eat, and is a condition that is usually seen in elderly patients. When it comes to its treatment, it is important to follow a series of guidelines to prevent food from getting stuck or causing problems when swallowing.

But if this is not enough or the dysphagia is particularly strong, one of the measures we can take is surgery. A dysphagia operation may be necessary to alleviate swallowing difficulties that can cause the throat to narrow. It may also be a solution to treat esophageal cancer. This type of surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

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Why is it performed?

Dysphagia surgery is performed when we have problems swallowing or swallowing food. Dysphagia, by affecting the throat, can also cause other pathologies such as vocal cord paralysis, bone excrescences, achalasia, gastroesophageal diseases or pharyngoesophageal diverticula, among others.

Since there are a series of associated health problems, dysphagia surgery is performed to prevent the appearance of these problems. As it is a pathology that especially affects the elderly, it is even more important to perform it, since their state of health may be more delicate.

What does it consist of?

Dysphagia surgery involves the ENT surgeon using an endoscope that is inserted through the mouth and down the throat to make an incision in the inner lining of the esophagus. The surgeon then cuts the muscle at the lower end of the esophageal sphincter.

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Post-operative care

After a dysphagia operation, it is important for the patient to maintain a good oral hygiene, as well as not to suppress coughing, following a specific habit at mealtimes so that the process is as simple as possible, without any problems appearing.

The objective is to keep the throat open, without it contracting, so that the patient can swallow food and feel the effects of the surgery.