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Hello. Sorry to hear about this. You should discuss with your doctor the placement of a G-tube. This is the most common type of feeding tube. G-tubes are placed through the abdominal wall into the stomach. This sounds scarier than it is. The G-tube surgery can be performed in three ways: surgically through small incisions using a laparoscope, surgically using a larger open incision, or endoscopically using a scope into the stomach to create the opening from the inside. The endoscopic method has become the method of choice at many hospitals. Through this tube you can supplement what you eat through your mouth. You can feed the stomach directly with calorie-***** *****quids that can help you to gain weight and feel healthier.
The esophagus can sometimes be opened up with a balloon that is placed endoscopically and then inflated. This carries some risks, of course, and the narrowing may recur months later. This would be a reasonable option to discuss first.
They can do it as many times as they feel the esophagus can handle. If the wall of the tube is thinned or damaged it could rupture.