Hemorrhoid banding is one of the most common and effective procedures used to treat internal hemorrhoids. Less invasive than surgery, this procedure is the most effective on small or medium-size hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum, can cause pain, itching, bleeding, blood clots and infection. To treat persistent hemorrhoids, a doctor may perform hemorrhoid banding. During this procedure, the doctor will place a rubber band around the hemorrhoid to cut off the blood supply, causing the hemorrhoid to eventually fall off.
What to Expect
During the procedure, the doctor will place a tube-like instrument into the patient’s anus in order to examine it. He or she will then put a tight band around the hemorrhoid to stop blood flow to it. The hemorrhoids will fall off about a week after the procedure. The doctor will advise the patient about recovery and when to come back for a checkup.
How to Prepare
Several days before the banding procedure, the patient may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen or any other drugs that make it more difficult for blood to clot. After the procedure, the patient should expect some discomfort as the anus tightens and relaxes. Usually the discomfort is quite mild. Full recovery generally occurs within several days. Plan for your recovery and care after the procedure and follow any instructions provided by the health care provider.