What is hemorrhoid banding?
Hemorrhoid banding is a safe, painless procedure in which the hemorrhoid is tied off at the base with a rubber band, cutting off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid causing it to shrink and fall off in 1-2 weeks. Hemorrhoid banding is used to treat problems associated with hemorrhoids, such as bleeding and fecal incontinence.
What should I expect during the procedure?
The procedure will be performed in the office setting. Your doctor will review your history and perform a digital (finger) rectal exam. Then a short viewing instrument (anoscope) may be placed into the anus. A small banding device is placed into the rectum and a band is placed over a small amount of tissue that has been suctioned into the device. There may be mild, dull discomfort resembling the urge to have a bowel movement after placement of the band, but there may be no discomfort at all. Your doctor will ask you if you have a pinching sensation, and if so, the band is adjusted immediately. Most patients require 3 treatments.
What should I expect after the procedure?
There is sometimes some bleeding or discomfort. Any uncomfortable sensation can usually be adjusted while you are still on the examination table. Please contact the clinic if you have persistent discomfort.
What are the possible complications associated with hemorrhoid banding?
Complications associated with this procedure are rare. However, if there is a substantial amount of bleeding, severe pain, chills, fever or difficulty passing urine, please call our office or proceed to the emergency room.
GastroGroup uses the CRH O’Regan System™ for non-surgical hemorrhoid removal. For more information on the CRH O’Regan System™ visit: www.crhsystem.com/