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Your doctor used a lighted tube (endoscope, or scope) to help fix one or more enlarged veins in your esophagus. That's the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. The enlarged veins are called varices.
The doctor placed elastic rings around the veins. The rings look like rubber bands.
The bands cut off blood flow through the vein. They help prevent internal bleeding.
You may need to have the procedure several times to control the varices and prevent bleeding. Your doctor will probably check the varices every 3 to 12 months.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: February 10, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Arvydas D. Vanagunas MD - Gastroenterology & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
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