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How can rubber band ligation be used to treat hemorrhoids?

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Rubber band ligation is often done on prolapsed hemorrhoids, internal hemorrhoids that can be seen or felt outside. Using a special tool, the doctor puts a tiny rubber band around the hemorrhoid, which shuts off its blood supply almost instantly. Within a week, the hemorrhoid will dry up, shrink, and fall off.

From: Hemorrhoids Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/18/2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids Overview"; "Hemorrhoids Treatment"; and "Hemorrhoids Causes & Risk Factors."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Hemorrhoids."

Sneider E. , February 2010. Surgical Clinics of North America

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hemorrhoids Overview"; "Hemorrhoids Treatment"; and "Hemorrhoids Causes & Risk Factors."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Hemorrhoids."

Sneider E. , February 2010. Surgical Clinics of North America

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 18, 2018

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