Treatment at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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Mayo Clinic specialists have a variety of treatment options, depending on the source of your GI bleeding:

  • Endoscopic thermal probe can stop bleeding from ulcers and other abnormalities by burning (coagulating) the blood vessel or abnormal tissue.
  • Argon plasma coagulation and radiofrequency ablation are other types of thermal techniques used to treat abnormal blood vessels in the stomach, small intestine and colon.
  • Endoscopic clips can be used to close a bleeding vessel or other defective tissue.
  • Endoscopic band ligation uses special bands to treat bleeding hemorrhoids and bleeding blood vessels (varices) in the esophagus.
  • Endoscopic cryotherapy freezes abnormal blood vessels in the stomach.
  • Endoscopic intravariceal cyanoacrylate injection uses a special glue to treat difficult bleeding from varices in the stomach.
  • Angiographic embolization injects particles directly into a blood vessel to stop bleeding.

If bleeding recurs after treatment, you may need surgery.

Nov. 19, 2012