Hemorrhoids Rubber Band Ligation

Hemorrhoids Banding

Hemorrhoids in their initial stages can be treated a number of ways.  These can be natural therapy treatments, mild medications, changes in your food habits and should include regular exercise.  However, in cases where the condition is or could be severe, you may need to resort to clinical treatments.  Laser Coagulation, Haemorrhoidectomy, Injection Sclerotherapy and Infrared Photocoagulation are some of the clinical procedures which are available.   Apart from these, hemorrhoids ligation or banding is another major clinical procedure in use today.


Rubber band ligation is probably one of the most common of all hemorrhoids procedures and is also one of the oldest procedures as well.  When natural therapy proves to be of little success, this procedure is often found to be hugely successful.   Now, being that hemorrhoids or piles are basically swollen blood vessels or veins around the anus, this procedure focuses entirely on the blood supply itself.

This procedure involves cutting down the blood supply to the affected vessels so that the hemorrhoids, now starved of their blood supply, simply wither away.  Using this method, this painful and very uncomfortable condition is treated and you can resume your normal and healthy life.

The hemorrhoids banding procedure in itself is not very intricate.  For this procedure the doctor will use a small rubber band which is placed to cut off the blood supply from the body to the hemorrhoids. After the procedure the supply of blood is permanently discontinued and the piles will effectively dry up until eventually the offending hemorrhoids are gone.  This procedure will always be carried out under anaesthetic and is done usually as a day patient.  The actual time until the hemorrhoids disappear is usually around ten to fifteen days.

The procedure might appear to be very simple.  However, the duration in which the rubber band is put around the hemorrhoids is very painful, and even under anaesthetic, you should prepare yourself for it.  Also, the period of time it takes to recover is only an estimate, so it might take longer than you expected.  There is an additional note.  This particular procedure is not performed if you have fourth degree prolapsed hemorrhoids. And your physician will inform you of this.

At times after the initial procedure, the pain may return so you should be prepared to endure a few restless nights during these times.  There may also be times when you experience some heavy bleeding and providing it is not constant, it is quite the norm.  Certain individuals may develop an infection, and in such cases you should consult your doctor immediately.

This procedure is no guarantee that you will never again suffer from hemorrhoids, and while the rubber band ligation would have been successful, hemorrhoids can return.  Therefore it is essential that you maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of recurrence.

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