Gastroenterology Services

Esophageal Stent Placement


Esophageal stent placement is performed when obstructions, such as esophageal cancer growths or tumors, block the airway making it difficult to breathe or swallow. Stents are tiny tubes placed in the esophagus to ease the pain and discomfort associated with breathing and/or swallowing.

Preparing for the procedure

Depending on whether your doctor chooses to use local or general anesthesia, you may have to avoid eating or drinking at least eight hours prior to the procedure. You should arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure since you will be given medication that causes drowsiness.

During the procedure

The procedure is performed as part of the upper GI endoscopy. A numbing spray may be used to numb the back of your throat. Once your doctor locates the obstruction, the stent is placed in your esophagus around the affect area to push the walls open.

You can return to normal activities the day after the procedure.