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what would happen if you swallow a rubber band

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
You will be fine: Take a deep breath and relax. If all you swallowed was a rubber band then your body will just pass it right through. Just think of it as a big piece o ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Swallowed elastic: You should be OK. What you want to do is help the elastic continue on it's journey through the GI tract and out. Eating and/or drinking would be helpf ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Muscle strain: Likely just a muscle spasm or strain. If no pain or numbness into arm, likely not a nerve or disc issue.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Hale
Dr. Anne Hale answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not terribly: I must assume you are talking about laparoscopic tubal with the bands. It is surgery but considered minimally invasive so the pain is minimal.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Jacobs
45 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Tubal ligation: This is a surgical procedure performed under anesthesia by laparoscopic surgery using band-aid size incisions. Abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
18 years experience Plastic Surgery
Keloid: If you're trying to flatten and smooth a keloid scar, a rubber band is ineffective. Applying topical silicone gel sheeting is the best treatment short ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Little or none: Rubber band ligation for internal hemorrhoids is a painless or nearly painless procedure. Sometimes there is a mild pressure symptom easily controlled ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Kramer
35 years experience Gynecology
Tubal ligation: Fallope ring is type of tubal ligation. Consider essure as less invasive, more effective permanent birth control. Many doctors offer this in their ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
Temporarily: Only temporarily in that you can induce an erection, but it can cause damage if too tight or left on too long. Long term, it does nothing for you or y ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
No, you cannot: The force of the rubber band may damage the bony support of the teeth you are trying to move.. Then you will be missing three teeth rather than one. S ... Read More

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