Hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum, can cause pain, itching and bleeding.
HEMORRHOID BANDING PROCEDURE
Hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum, can cause pain, itching and rectal bleeding. If your hemorrhoids are highly symptomatic (bleeding), your doctor may recommend hemorrhoid banding. Hemorrhoid banding is a non-surgical and non-invasive, in-office procedure.
During this procedure, the doctor will place a rubber band around the hemorrhoid to cut off the blood supply, causing it to wither.
Preparing for Hemorrhoid Banding
Several days before the banding procedure, you may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen or any other drugs that make it more difficult for blood to clot.
Plan for your recovery and care after the procedure and follow any instructions provided by the health care provider.
What Happens During Hemorrhoid Banding?
Hemorrhoid banding takes about five minutes. During the procedure, the doctor will place a tube-like instrument into your anus in order to examine it. He or she will then put a small, tight band around the hemorrhoid so it can dry up and fall off.
How Long Does it Take for Hemorrhoids to Fall Off?
The hemorrhoids will fall off about a week or so after the procedure. Usually it takes two or more treatments to eradicate the problem.
Hemorrhoid Banding Recovery
Recovery occurs the same day after the procedure. You may experience some discomfort. The doctor will advise you about recovery and when to come back for a checkup.
You will need to consult with your doctor concerning the starting or continuation of medications following your procedure. Recovery time varies by patient with most reporting mild discomfort lasting 2 to 4 days. Most patients can return to their normal, daily activities during this recovery time.