Having hemorrhoids is no fun at all, so removing them in the safest and most pain-free way is often going to be the chosen method for most people with hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoid banding, or rubber band ligation, is a simple procedure that uses a rubber band to remove 1-2 hemorrhoids at a time from your rectum. This article will discuss 3 benefits of hemorrhoid banding, and why it is a great option for hemorrhoid removal.
The hemorrhoid banding procedure is incredibly simple, and doesn't take much time at all to perform. Once you have been diagnosed with hemorrhoids, you can go in for your same-day surgery to get the rubber band or bands in place. The surgeon will use a scope to view the hemorrhoids inside of your rectum, and will then place the rubber bands around the end of up to two hemorrhoids using forceps and a ligator to put the rubber band in place. This rubber band will then begin to cut off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid until it eventually falls off.
Very Little Pain Compared To Other Procedures
Another one of the benefits of hemorrhoid banding is the fact that it is much less painful than other hemorrhoid removal procedures. You will likely not feel any pain when the rubber band is placed around the end of the hemorrhoid, but if you do, it will be very slight and will be located in your lower abdomen. You will also feel pressure once the rubber band is applied, but this is because the rubber band is pressing on the hemorrhoid and cutting off its blood supply. If you do feel slight pain after the procedure, you can take acetaminophen to reduce the pain. You will also probably not feel any pain when the hemorrhoid falls off because it will likely come off in the toilet when you are having a bowel movement.
Falls Off Within A Week
While some procedures for hemorrhoid removal may have a lengthy recovering and healing process, hemorrhoid banding does not. As stated earlier, the procedure is a same day procedure, and you will be functioning at a normal level within the same day. The hemorrhoid will fall off within a week of the rubber band being put into place, but during this time you will not be required to miss work, school, and any other activities of your daily life.