A Primer on Haemorrhoid Banding

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There are many treatment options for people suffering from haemorrhoids. Haemorrhoid banding is one of those. If you are considering having this procedure done, here’s everything you need to know about it:

What is Haemorrhoid Banding?

Commonly referred to as rubber band ligation, haemorrhoid banding is an outpatient procedure that involves tying a rubber band at the base of the haemorrhoid to hinder blood from flowing to the haemorrhoidal mass. This is a minimally invasive technique and your physician can perform this procedure in an outpatient area of the hospital or even within his or her clinic.

Who Is It For?

Most sufferers will start with home remedies, such as taking a high-fibre diet, sitz bath, and cold compresses. If these do not offer relief, doctors may prescribe an over-the-counter topical cream. But if these interventions don’t help with the pain, bleeding, and itching, haemorrhoid banding could be what’s next as far as medical interventions go.

How Is It Done?

Before performing this procedure, you will have topical anaesthesia applied to your rectum. Your doctor will then insert an anoscope, a small tube with a light at its tip, to your rectum. Once it reaches the mass, a haemorrhoid ligator will be inserted into the anoscope. The ligator is used to place rubber bands at the base of the haemorrhoidal mass, thereby stopping blood blow to the mass. If you have more than one internal haemorrhoidal mass, the process is repeated until every mass is ligated with a rubber band.

Are there Risks or Side Effects?

While this procedure is relatively safe, it does carry some risks such as fever and chills, infection, bleeding during bowel movements, and recurring haemorrhoids. In addition, you may experience some side effects like abdominal pain and swelling, flatulence, gas, and constipation.

Are you still undecided if this is the best treatment option for you? It is ideal to schedule a consultation with your doctor, so he or she can guide you through the process and address any concerns and questions you may have about the procedure.