Schatzki's Ring - Treatment
Alleviating the blockage by dilating the stricture is the mainstay of treatment for Schatzki’s ring.
An inflatable balloon can be inserted under direct visualization with an endoscope and then inflated to break the ring open. Other tapered dilators can be used to break the ring.
Patients are usually asked to stay on a clear liquid diet for 24 hours after the dilation. To prevent recurrence of the symptoms and the rings, a good control of the GERD through habit changes and the use of proton pump inhibitors are necessary.
In patients with GERD, an anti-reflux procedure may be necessary to prevent reflux and repair the hiatal hernia. The procedure can be performed via a minimally invasive approach called laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication.