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You had an esophageal dilation. This procedure can open up narrow areas of the esophagus.
After the procedure, you will stay at the hospital for a few hours. This will allow the medicine to wear off. You will be able to go home after your healthcare team checks to make sure that you're not having any problems.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or Health Link at 811 now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or Health Link at 811 if:
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Adaptation Date: 5/23/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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