Hemorrhoid banding is a treatment that is used to remove problematic hemorrhoids. Many people who suffer from this condition find that they go away on their own, but for some, they don’t! When hemorrhoids won’t go away on their own they need to be treated by a doctor. Many doctors choose to treat the problem with hemorrhoid banding.
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Hemorrhoid banding is a treatment that is used on enlarged and bulging hemorrhoids or blood vessels in the rectum as well as the anus. The object of the banding is to cut off the blood circulation to the hemorrhoids, causing them to first shrink, and then fall off. Hemorrhoid banding is done on both the rectum and the anus in most patients.
Doctors choose to do hemorrhoid banding in some patients, but not all of them. Some of the more common reasons that hemorrhoid banding is done is when the hemorrhoids are severely painful or are bleeding excessively. Other doctors choose this procedure because the hemorrhoid has become thrombosed, which means it has a blood clot within it. Another reason to perform this procedure is when hemorrhoids are protruding through the anus, also known as a prolapsed hemorrhoid.
When you are told that your doctor is going to perform hemorrhoid banding you may not know what to expect. The process is relatively simple and will involve your doctor first inserting an instrument that has a light and a lens on it. The instrument is known as an anoscope and it will be inserted through the anus. The doctor will then use another tool that will place a small rubber band around the hemorrhoid. The purpose of the rubber band is for it to cut off blood flow, causing the hemorrhoid to die and fall off. The band will fall off with the hemorrhoid in about 10 to 14 days.
The hemorrhoid banding procedure is a very quick procedure that is done on an out patient basis, with many doctors doing it in their offices. There may be mild discomfort during and after the procedure, but the pain should not be severe. You should communicate any pain to your doctor, as there are medications that can be prescribed that will allow you to get though the discomfort. Overall this is a great treatment for problematic hemorrhoids and will allow you to get back to your life without the pain and discomfort that they bring with them.