What is endoscopic treatment for variceal bleeding?

Endoscopic Treatment for Variceal Bleeding

What are the risks of endoscopic treatment for variceal bleeding?

Problems caused by endoscopic treatment are not common. If problems do occur, they may include:

  • Infection.
  • Puncture of the wall of the esophagus (esophageal perforation).
  • Sores in the esophagus (esophageal ulcers).
  • Narrowing of the esophagus (esophageal stricture).
  • Aspiration pneumonia.

Variceal banding: When to call

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You passed out (lost consciousness).
  • You have trouble breathing.
  • You vomit blood or what looks like coffee grounds.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your stools are maroon or very bloody.
  • You have nausea or vomiting and can't keep down fluids.
  • You have pain that does not get better after you take pain medicine.
  • You have a fever.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your throat still hurts, food feels like it sticks in your throat, or you have trouble swallowing after a day or two.
  • You do not get better as expected.

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