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Band ligation of esophageal varices

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Band ligation is a treatment method for enlarged veins located in the esophagus. In this treatment method, tiny elastic rubber bands are put on and around the esophageal varices with the help of an endoscope that helps visualize the blood vessels. This helps tie them so they cannot bleed or rupture. The banded varices eventually sheds after a few days and the esophagus is much less likely to bleed after it is healed.