• Dr. Sanjay K. Agrawal Clinic Consultant Gastroenterologist in Raipur.

Hospital Address

M.S. Gastro and Heart Care Centre, Samta Colony Main Rd, in front of union bank, Raipur, Chhattisgarh 492001

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+91 82995 89243

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Esophageal Stent | Dr. Sanjay Agrawal


An esophageal stent is a medical device designed to open a narrowed esophagus, which may result from cancer, scarring, or other conditions causing obstruction or difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). Made of metal or plastic, these tubular structures are placed within the esophagus during an endoscopic procedure. Once inserted, the stent expands, pressing against the esophageal walls to maintain an open passage. This allows food and liquids to pass more easily to the stomach, alleviating symptoms and significantly improving the patient’s quality of life. Esophageal stents are primarily used as a palliative treatment to manage symptoms rather than cure the underlying condition.

In Dr. Sanjay K. Agrawal’s practice, a renowned Consultant Gastroenterologist in Raipur, the treatment involving an esophageal stent is carried out with utmost precision and care. Specializing in the management of esophageal conditions, Dr. Agrawal employs state-of-the-art endoscopic techniques to insert stents for patients experiencing esophageal narrowing or obstruction. This minimally invasive procedure is tailored to relieve symptoms like difficulty swallowing, ensuring a significant improvement in the patient’s quality of life. Post-procedure, Dr. Agrawal and his dedicated team closely monitor the patient’s recovery, offering comprehensive support, including dietary guidance and follow-up care, to ensure optimal outcomes and manage any potential complications efficiently.

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What is an esophageal stent?

An esophageal stent is a tube made of metal or plastic that is inserted into the esophagus to keep it open. It's primarily used to treat narrowing of the esophagus (esophageal stricture) which can cause difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

Why is an esophageal stent needed?

Stents are used for patients with esophageal cancer or other conditions that cause the esophagus to narrow, leading to obstruction. It helps in relieving symptoms by allowing food and liquid to pass more easily to the stomach, improving the patient's quality of life.

How is an esophageal stent placed?

Placement of an esophageal stent is usually performed under sedation or general anesthesia using an endoscope—a flexible tube with a camera and light. The stent is inserted through the mouth and positioned in the narrowed area to expand it.

Are there risks associated with esophageal stents?

While generally safe, esophageal stenting can have complications, including discomfort, the risk of the stent moving out of place, the possibility of food getting stuck, and the rare risk of perforation or tearing of the esophagus.

What is the recovery process like after an esophageal stent is placed?

Recovery typically involves a short hospital stay to monitor for complications. Patients may experience some pain or discomfort initially, but these symptoms usually improve as they adjust to the stent. A soft or liquid diet may be recommended initially.

How effective are esophageal stents in treating esophageal strictures?

Esophageal stents are effective in providing immediate relief from dysphagia in most patients. They are particularly beneficial for those with malignancy-induced strictures, offering an important palliative option to improve eating and quality of life.