What Are The Potential Complications of Pneumatic Dilatation?
Pneumatic Dilatation is generally a safe procedure. Rare complications include bleeding and a puncture (or perforation) in the lining of the esophagus. If you notice blood in your stool, black stool, fever, chills, vomiting, chest pain, stomach pain, or shortness of breath, contact your doctor as instructed on your discharge papers.
What Do I Need To Do Before Pneumatic Dilatation?
Preparation for pneumatic dilation is similar to preparation for upper endoscopy, except you should limit your diet to liquids for at least 24 hours before the procedure. You must have a licensed driver who is 18 years or older accompany you to your appointment and drive you home, as the sedatives or anesthesia will make you drowsy.
What Happens After Pneumatic Dilatation?
After the pneumatic dilation procedure, you will be taken to a recovery room where your driver can join you. The doctor who performed the procedure will explain the preliminary results to you. You will receive detailed recommendations for diet, medicines, and follow-up. The results of the procedure will be communicated to your referring physician(s).