What is Hemorrhoid Banding?
Hemorrhoid banding (sometimes called hemorrhoid ligation or rubber band ligation) is a procedure to remove internal hemorrhoids. It’s a quick procedure which doesn’t require an anesthetic or sedation.
How the Procedure Works
- Your gastroenterologist will place a very thin, tight elastic band around the base of an internal hemorrhoid. This cuts off its blood supply, forcing it to shrink and wither.
- The hemorrhoid usually falls off within a week and is passed, along with the band, when you go to toilet.
Is Hemorrhoid Banding Painful?
You may feel some discomfort or mild pain after the procedure, but this is normal and standard painkillers should alleviate it. It’s also normal to notice a small amount of blood afterwards, but if you pass clots or a lot of fresh blood, see a physician immediately.
Hemorrhoid Banding Recovery
You should be able to return to your normal activities the next day. You may not notice you’ve passed the hemorrhoid, but you may notice a small mucus discharge, which signals the hemorrhoid has fallen off.
If you have several hemorrhoids, this procedure may need to be repeated every few weeks until they’re cleared. However, it’s a very effective treatment that can keep hemorrhoids at bay more effectively than some other treatments.
Who needs Hemorrhoid Banding?
Individuals suffering from internal hemorrhoids that are causing severe and regular discomfort, such as itching and rectal bleeding may benefit from hemorrhoid banding ligation, also known as hem banding.
How do I Schedule an Appointment for Hemorrhoid Banding?
You will need to consult a gastroenterologist to further assessment before you schedule your hemorrhoid banding procedure. You may request an appointment with a gastroenterologist by contacting Adult Gastroenterology Associates at 918-481-4700.