What Are The Side Effects Following Esophageal Banding Of The Varices Due To Portal Hypertension?

My husband had the procedure done a week ago. He can’t hardly eat or drink w/out feeling pain in his chest and feeling like he has indigestion or something stuck in his esophagus.






What Is Banding Of Esophageal Varices?

Endoscopic therapy is a way of preventing and treating variceal bleeding without the requirement for surgery. In the most common procedure called endoscopic variceal banding (or ligation), rubber bands are placed around varices in the esophagus through a flexible endoscope which is used to visualize the vessels. Read here…

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How Does Somatostatin Decrease Portal Pressure?

The vasoconstrictors somatostatin and octreotide are used to treat acute bleeding in patients with portal hypertension before performing endoscopy. Intravenous infusions of octreotide will lower portal blood pressure and can prevent rebleeding during the patient’s initial hospitalization.

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