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Hemorrhoid Banding

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(Hemorrhoid Ligation; Rubber Band Ligation for Hemorrhoids)

 

Definition

Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum. Hemorrhoid banding is a procedure to remove them.
 

What to Expect

Prior to Procedure

Your doctor may do the following:

Anesthesia

The procedure does not typically call for anesthesia. A local anesthesia may be used in some cases to numb the area.

Description of the Procedure

An anoscope will be inserted through the anus. The doctor will look through the tube to see inside the rectum and locate the hemorrhoid. The doctor will then use a special banding tool. The tool will place a small rubber band around the hemorrhoid. The band cuts off the blood supply. This will make the hemorrhoid fall off. More than one hemorrhoid may be banded. The band and the hemorrhoid will fall off in about 1-2 weeks.

How Long Will It Take?

This is a relatively quick procedure. The length of time depends on how many hemorrhoids need treatment.

Will It Hurt?

Patients often report some discomfort during and after this procedure. If you feel sharp or severe pain, tell the doctor immediately. Mild pain medicine will help you manage discomfort during recovery.

Post-procedure Care

For a few days, you may have difficulty controlling the passage of gas and bowel movements. When you return home after the procedure, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
  • Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water. If your doctor says it is okay, take sitz baths as recommended. Sitz baths will help relieve discomfort and clean the area. For a sitz bath, sit in warm water for 10-15 minutes. Pat the area dry. Do not wipe or rub vigorously. You may be advised to take a sitz bath every four hours and after every bowel movement. Devices are available to place on top of the toilet to make this process easier.
  • Move your bowels as soon as you feel the urge.
  • Do not strain, bear down, or hold your breath during a bowel movement.
  • Do not sit on the toilet for long periods of time.
  • To prevent constipation and straining during bowel movements, use a stool softener, exercise, drink plenty of fluids, and eat plenty of high-fiber foods (such as fruits, vegetables , beans, and whole grains ).
  • Apply creams or ointments as directed by your doctor.
  • Avoid heavy lifting for two or three weeks.
  • Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions .
Expect some bleeding when the hemorrhoid falls off. See your doctor for a follow-up 3-4 weeks after the procedure.
 

RESOURCES

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
http://www.fascrs.org

National Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse
http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation
http://www.cdhf.ca

Health Canada
www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.fascrs.org .

 

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