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At Providence, we understand the need for effective, minimally-invasive treatment to help you recover as painlessly and comfortably as possible. Endoscopic variceal ligation uses innovative technology to address enlarged esophageal varices with fewer complications and faster recovery than past methods.
Endoscopic variceal ligation or endoscopic band ligation is a procedure that uses elastic bands to treat enlarged veins or varices in your esophagus. These abnormal veins develop in the esophagus and have thin walls with high blood pressure running through them. If not treated the veins may rupture and cause serious bleeding.
You should not eat at least eight hours before the procedure. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking medications including aspirin, blood thinners, or antiplatelets one week prior to the procedure.
This procedure is performed as part of an upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy. You will be given medicine through an IV to help you relax. Your throat may be sprayed with numbing anesthetic before the endoscope, a thin flexible tube with a light and camera at the end, is inserted into your mouth and passed down to your esophagus.
Complications of endoscopic sclerotherapy are not common. And complications of variceal banding are even less common. If complications do occur, they may include: