While some hemorrhoids can be treated at home, others require a trip to the doctor. If you are experiencing rectal pain or discomfort, anal bleeding (especially after bowel movements) or burning/itching around the anal area, contact the doctors at Charleston GI.
What Is Hemorrhoid Banding?
Rubber band ligation is a simple solution to internal hemorrhoids. During this minimally-invasive procedure, a rubber band is tied at the base of the hemorrhoid, cutting off blood supply. The hemorrhoid will shrink and fall off after a few days.
Preparing For Your Hemorrhoid Banding Procedure
The first appointment will typically consist of a consultation and physical exam. There is no need for anesthesia, fasting or other preparation. You and your Charleston GI physician
will determine an appropriate treatment for your diagnosis during your examination.
If your diagnosis includes hemorrhoids, treatment may start immediately. In the event of multiple hemorrhoids, often the largest, most symptomatic hemorrhoid is banded first. Additional appointments are then scheduled to treat the remaining hemorrhoids at two week intervals with a final check-up two or more weeks after the last remaining hemorrhoid is banded.
What To Expect At Your Procedure
During the brief procedure, the physician places a small rubber band around the hemorrhoid tissue just above the internal hemorrhoid where there are few pain-sensitive nerve endings. Unlike traditional banding techniques that use a metal-toothed clamp to grasp the tissue, we use a gentle suction device, reducing the risk of pain and bleeding. Advanced cases where the diagnosis is both internal and external hemorrhoids may require additional therapy as rubber banding alone may not be suitable.
Our banding procedure works by cutting off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid. This causes the hemorrhoid to shrink and fall off, typically within a day or so. You probably won’t even notice when this happens or be able to spot the rubber band in the toilet. Once the hemorrhoid is gone, the wound usually heals within one to five days.
After Hemorrhoid Banding Treatment
You may experience some mild pain after your procedure, but most patients resume normal activity the very next day. We recommend the following:
- Avoid heavy lifting and rigorous exercise.
- To prevent straining, go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge and do not sit on the toilet for long periods.
- Eat a high-fiber diet or take fiber supplements.
- Stay hydrated.
Hemorrhoid Banding FAQs
How long does it take to work?
The banded hemorrhoid typically shrinks and falls off within a day or so. Once it is gone, the wound heals within one to five days.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure is virtually painless, and most patients resume their normal activity the next day.
Does hemorrhoid banding always work?
Patients with multiple hemorrhoids will require more than one visit. While no treatment guarantees relief, banding is highly effective.
What are the risks?
Minor complications, such as discomfort or a little bleeding, are possible.
Contact A Charleston GI Doctor About Hemorrhoid Treatments
To learn more about hemorrhoid banding in Charleston, SC, get in touch today! Charleston Gastroenterology is committed to a higher standard of caring – and we provide a range of medical treatments to help you feel your best.
If you are experiencing painful hemorrhoid symptoms, schedule your appointment today! No referral needed.