Let’s face it. Hemorrhoids are a pain in the…neck. It’s uncomfortable to sit or ride a bike and sometimes they bleed. Hemorrhoid Banding, also called Rubber Band Ligation, is a non-surgical method for removing a painful hemorrhoid that is performed in the office.
Hemorrhoids are caused by pressure on the rectum that causes swelling in the blood vessels and veins, allowing them to extend through the rectal wall. The pressure can be a result of constipation, straining while trying to have a bowel movement, extreme or chronic diarrhea or even prolonged sitting. They are especially common with pregnant women.
Relief can come from the use of anti-inflammatory creams, sitz baths or icing, but once there, hemorrhoids are always present. They may not be emergent, but they are there. Removal is the only way to totally eliminate the risk of a hemorrhoid becoming painful and active again.
Surgical removal of hemorrhoids is an option, and was for years the only standard of care. More recent techniques have been developed for the non-surgical removal of hemorrhoids, specifically Hemorrhoid Banding.
Hemorrhoid Banding uses a rubber band to tie off the hemorrhoid at the base, squeezing off the blood supply so the hemorrhoid falls off on its own. The in-office procedure takes just a few minutes, and the hemorrhoid generally falls off within 2 to 3 days. The base of the hemorrhoid is replaced with scar tissue, ensuring that the removed hemorrhoid can’t grow back.
Preparation for Hemorrhoid Banding is minimal and the procedure itself had some discomfort, and some patients may experience pain in the treatment area for up to 48 hours. Post procedure recovery is more rapid than from a surgical procedure, but may require that you minimize strenuous activity for a period of time.