Hemorrhoid Banding in Louisiana
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What is hemorrhoid banding?
Hemorrhoids, or piles, are swollen veins in one's lower anus or rectum. A hemorrhoid could arise within the rectum (internally) or on the anus (externally). A hemorrhoid commonly develops when the walls of the veins in one's anus or rectum come to be so thin that the veins bulge or protrude. In some cases, a blood clot may form inside the hemorrhoid (called a thrombosed hemorrhoid) and can be the source of discomfort.
If a hemorrhoid grows to become extremely painful or is the source of any other health complications, it may need to be removed. A technique frequently utilized to do away with internal hemorrhoids is hemorrhoid banding, also known as rubber band ligation. If you are looking for information on hemorrhoid banding in Louisiana our providers can help. At GastroGroup & Endocenter, our physician-led group of gastroenterologists commonly treat hemorrhoids using hemorrhoid banding procedures.
What are the benefits of hemorrhoid banding?
If you have received a hemorrhoid diagnosis, you likely are aware of the associated symptoms, such as itching, pain, and blood in bowel movements. Hemorrhoid banding at GastroGroup and Endocenter may be an ideal treatment option for a variety of reasons. Some of the benefits of hemorrhoid banding procedures are:
- Practically painless: Though you may experience slight discomfort during the procedure, you shouldn't feel pain as the hemorrhoid shrinks and detaches.
- Longer-lasting than alternative methods: While at-home solutions, including topical creams, baths, or medicated pads, might work for smaller hemorrhoids, solutions such as these typically only address symptoms and not the actual cause. Hemorrhoid banding treatment provides longer-lasting results.
- Nonsurgical treatment option: As a nonsurgical procedure, you won’t have to contend with potential surgical issues or long recovery times. Hemorrhoid banding is safe and allows you to quickly return to your normal routine.
How is hemorrhoid banding performed?
Hemorrhoid banding is a technique where the flow of blood to the hemorrhoid is halted with a rubber band at the base of it. Over time, the hemorrhoid shrinks and then goes away. Scar tissue will form in the place of the hemorrhoid, preventing surrounding vessels from swelling or growing into more hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoid banding is accomplished by inserting an anoscope into the anus. The physician then secures the hemorrhoid and employs an instrument to position a band encircling the base of the hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoid banding is most commonly limited to treating just one or two hemorrhoids at a time unless the individual is administered anesthesia.
What happens after a hemorrhoid banding procedure?
Depending on the individual, the recovery period following hemorrhoid banding may differ. Some patients are able to return to their regular schedule immediately following the procedure. However, others may require a couple of days of bed rest to recover. Discomfort is expected for as many as 48 hours after hemorrhoid banding and bleeding may take place for as many as 10 days following the procedure.
Our GastroGroup & Endocenter gastroenterology team will provide detailed recovery instructions to follow once the hemorrhoid banding procedure is finished. To reduce the possibility of bleeding, it is of the utmost importance to avoid taking aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for a minimum of four days before or after the procedure. To reduce pressure in the rectum, it is recommended that the patient consume plenty of fluids and ingest a diet high in fiber to help ensure easy bowel movements.
A nonsurgical approach to hemorrhoid treatment
Hemorrhoid banding in Louisiana is a nonsurgical approach commonly performed by a board-certified gastroenterologist. Our gastroenterologists perform this common procedure at GastroGroup & Endocenter and are proud to have helped countless individuals find a reprieve from the symptoms of hemorrhoids. If you or a loved one deal with the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids, please contact GastroGroup & Endocenter to learn more about hemorrhoid banding or to connect with a GI doctor.
Hemorrhoid Banding FAQs
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for hemorrhoid banding?
In general, there is nothing you will need to do ahead of your appointment. Your provider will most likely ask about the prescriptions and dietary supplements you take, so keep a list with you. After your hemorrhoid banding, it’s important to have a friend or family member ready and willing to take you home and/or help with your daily tasks to avoid additional strain on your GI system. Additionally, it is vital to follow any pre- or post-op guidelines given by your GastroGroup and Endocenter specialist.
Is hemorrhoid banding safe?
Like many procedures, there’s a small risk involved with hemorrhoid banding, such as infection, recurring hemorrhoids, and bleeding. Our GI specialists take steps to reduce potential risks. We work with you to put you on track for success throughout your recovery process and beyond.
Will I be able to work after hemorrhoid banding?
In most cases, it is okay to return to work following your hemorrhoid banding procedure. Our GI specialists recommend you refrain from intense labor following your hemorrhoid banding, but those with an office job typically return to work after the treatment.
Will hemorrhoid banding cause discomfort?
Your gastroenterologist’s main goal is to make you as comfortable as you can be, no matter what. Your provider will utilize a local anesthetic to reduce any pain you may experience, but you still experience some discomfort during and after your hemorrhoid banding.
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