Papafragkakis
Charilaos Papafragkakis, MD
Gastroenterologist - Hepatologist

Gastrointestinal Stents

Stents

 

Stents are used to treat stenosis in various parts of the digestive system, from the esophagus to the large intestine. The stent is a flexible, metal tube that helps keep the narrowed area open. Depending on the area of ​​the stenosis, we use different types of stents. There are stenoses of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum and colon. The placement of the stent is done in the hospital under anesthesia.

 

Possible complications

 

Complications during stent placement are not common. These include:

 

Postoperative pain that can be treated with medication

Migration of the stent to another area than that of the stenosis

Bleeding

Tumor or tissue growth after a period of several weeks or months. Because of this, additional treatment may be needed, including the placement of a new stent.

 

Dietary Recommendations after stent placement

 

For 24 hours after surgery, drink only liquids such as water, tea, coffee, milk, juices, shakes, broths, soups (the liquid part only), soda, and sports drinks.

Days 2 and 3: Drink the fluids listed above, and you may also have the following solids: pasta, mashed potatoes, soft bread without crust, cereals, jelly, ice cream and yogurt

Day 4: Liquids and solids mentioned above, plus the following: Chicken, fish fillet (attention to the bones), minced meat, eggs, well-cooked vegetables and canned fruits or grilled fruits.

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