The management of benign esophageal stenoses is based on endoscopic dilatation of the tight segment for the remission of dysphagia. Five hundred and twenty sessions of dilatation with Savary-Guilliard bougies have been performed in one hundred and twenty-nine patients with benign esophageal stenoses. Patients with peptic stenoses (n = 59) needed a lesser number of sessions (mean: 2.47) than patients with postsurgical (n = 44; mean: 4.86) or caustic (n = 18; mean: 7.77) stenoses. The treatment failed in 4 patients (3.2%) and severe complications were observed in 3 patients (2.4%). These results support the efficacy and safety of this technique.