Esophageal Stricture Treatments

Treatment for an esophageal stricture depends on the cause and severity of the stricture. Treatments may include: 

  • Medication: Possible medications include:
  • Bougie: Your physician can insert increasingly larger bougies, or weighted tubes, to dilate the narrowed area.
  • Pneumatic (balloon) dilation: Using an endoscope, a special balloon is passed through the mouth and into the esophagus, where it is inflated to stretch the restrictive muscles.
  • Surgery: Surgery may be recommended to treat tumors or achalasia.