Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Esophagus Dilation

Every 2-4 weeks Emmett goes into Phoenix Children's Hospital for an esophageal dilation. The reason for the dilation's is to stretch out the strictures (tight scar tissue) that builds up in his esophagus. The strictures become so tight that Emmett has a difficult time swallowing his own saliva. The dilation take's place in the Operating Room and is performed under Fluoroscopy (similar to a CT scan type of machine). General Anesthesia is used to keep Emmett comfortable and very very still. The procedure is painful...compare it to a severe strep throat times 5. Ouch!

Emmett usually wakes up well from the anesthetic. Yesterday, we seemed to be in a lot of pain. He was coughing more blood than usual and required oxygen support after coming off of the anesthesia. Michael and I were concerned that Emmett may have to stay over night, but the wonderful nurses were patient and were able to help him make it home last night. Woohoo!

Thankfully, we have nursing care and a ventilator for Emmett at home. He was able to sleep comfortably and today he is doing much better!

I wanted to share this video of Emmett in the pre operating unit. PCH has a great play room to help entertain and side track the kiddo's as they prepare to go into surgery.

Thank you for all of  your prayers yesterday!


  1. Will his esophagus ever completely heal? Or will he live with the tub in his throat his entire life?

  2. He's so cute! Thanks for sharing this video. I feel such love for little Emmett, and will keep him and your family in my prayers.

  3. He is so cute...
    Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.