Endoscopic Band Ligation
(Esophageal Band Ligation)
|Banded Blood Vessel|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Painful swallowing
- Esophageal damage
- Bleeding disorder
- Active bleeding
- Advanced age
- Heart or lung problems
- Use of certain medicines
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Your doctor will likely do the following:
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Do not eat for 8 to 12 hours before the procedure.
- If you have diabetes , discuss your medicines with your doctor.
- Arrange for transportation after the procedure. You should not drive for 24 hours after the procedure.
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
- Local—You may be given an anesthetic solution to gargle, or your throat may be sprayed with a numbing anesthetic.
- You may also be given a sedative to help you relax.
- Conscious sedation—You may be given medicines through an IV. It will help you relax. Other medicines will be given to treat any pain you feel during the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Follow your doctor's instructions regarding your diet.
- Avoid driving or using heavy machinery for at least a day after your procedure. Sedatives may slow your reaction time.
- Avoid drinking alcohol for at least a day after your procedure.
- Get plenty of rest.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Increasing pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bloody vomit
- Difficulty swallowing
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Dizziness or weakness
- Bloody or dark black stools
- Severe abdominal pain
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy http://www.asge.org/
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology http://www.cag-acg.org/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index%5Fe.html/
Endoscopic hemostatic devices. American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy website. Available at: http://www.asge.org/nspages/practice/patientcare/technology/hemostatdevices.cfm . Accessed April 18, 2007.
Upper GI endoscopy. UCSF Gastroenterology Division website. Available at: http://gi.ucsf.edu/proc%5FupperEndo.html . Accessed April 18, 2007.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/91/2012 -
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