Balloon dilation is a treatment process for Achalasia which is performed under direct visualization by x-ray or fluoroscopy.
Achalasia is a disorder of the esophagus or the food pipe.
The most common clinical symptoms for this disorder are solid food dysphagia and some degrees of liquid dysphagia, particularly cold liquids, heartburn, and regurgitations of undigested food, respiratory complications such as nocturnal cough and aspirations. And the symptoms progressively get worse with the duration of the disorder; the esophagus gradually expands and loses its function in food transport. 90% of achalasia patients have typical radiographic findings or the so-called “bird beak”, because of the failure of the lower esophageal sphincter.
Balloon dilation is the best non-surgical alternative treatment for Achalasia which actually gives long-lasting effects.