What is Hemorrhoid Banding?
Hemorrhoid banding is a simple, safe procedure that doctors perform strictly for internal hemorrhoids. They achieve this through rubber band ligation.
How does rubber band litigation work?
In order to detach the hemorrhoid, first it is tied at the base with rubber bands to cut off blood flow. The hemorrhoid will then shrink and eventually fall off. About a week or so later, the hemorrhoid will detach, resulting in a scar where it once was. The procedure is confined to 1 or 2 hemorrhoids per visit. A gastroenterologist may treat hemorrhoids at once with general anesthesia, or over 4 to 6 week periods.
Who Needs This Procedure?
Individuals suffering from internal hemorrhoids that are causing discomforts such as rectal bleeding and itching. They can benefit from endoscopic hemorrhoid band ligation, or hem banding.
What to expect?
Remember to relax. There is no need to fast or take other measures beforehand. Hemorrhoid banding is a quick, painless procedure. The physician will begin with an exam to confirm your diagnosis. If they decide this is the best option for you, it may begin immediately following the exam or they will schedule you for another time. During the brief procedure your doctor will use a gentle suction device to place the band around the base of the hemorrhoid to avoid sensitive nerve endings. After the procedure, once the band is in place, the band will cut off blood supply and the hemorrhoid will naturally fall off on its own. You may not even notice when this happens! During the first 24 hours you may feel an aching or fullness in your rectum but don’t fear. This is completely normal. Over-the-counter medication should provide sufficient relief. If you have multiple hemorrhoids you may need to come back for multiple visits. After your hemorrhoid banding recovery is easy.