Hemorrhoid banding is also called as rubber band ligation. This procedure is done when hemorrhoid does not respond to home remedies or local treatment.
Rubber band ligation technique involves tying the base of hemorrhoid with a rubber band to restrict the flow of blood into the hemorrhoid.
Why is this done?
Hemorrhoids usually respond to home remedies or some other treatment procedures, but when they do not it becomes extremely itchy and painful causing a lot of discomfort to the patient. Hemorrhoids in some people even start bleeding.
In such cases, hemorrhoid banding will be of great help.
How is it done?
- Hemorrhoid banding is a simple procedure which does not require you to get admitted to the hospital
- Before the procedure, you will be given anesthesia to reduce/eliminate pain during the procedure
- After administering anesthesia, a small tube called anoscope is inserted into the rectum with a light at the end of it
- When the anoscope reaches hemorrhoid, it will insert a ligator through the anoscope
- The doctor will then place two or three rubber bands at the base of the hemorrhoid to constrict the blood flow through the vessel
The procedure is repeated for all the hemorrhoids, and it usually takes little time.
What about the recovery?
After the procedure is done, hemorrhoids dry and fall off on their own, and this process usually takes about one to two weeks.
You might feel a little discomfort for a few days after this procedure which includes:
- Abdominal pain
- Abdomen bloating
What are the risks?
Hemorrhoid banding is the safest procedure to undergo. However, it may include certain risks like:
- Fever and chills
- Excessive bleeding during stool
- Urinating problems