Hemorrhoid banding, also known as rubber band ligation, is a medical procedure commonly used to treat internal hemorrhoids. During the procedure, a doctor places a small rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid, cutting off its blood supply. This leads to the hemorrhoid shrinking and falling off within a week.
No bowel preparation is needed for the procedure. The procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and is relatively quick and minimally invasive. It is often recommended for treating hemorrhoids that cause symptoms such as bleeding, discomfort, or prolapse.
Hemorrhoid banding is considered an effective and low-risk treatment option. However, it may cause mild discomfort or pain, and patients might experience a feeling of fullness or pressure after the procedure. In some cases, there may be minor bleeding.
Recovery after hemorrhoid banding is typically quick, with most individuals able to resume normal activities shortly after the procedure. Maintaining a high-fiber diet, staying hydrated, and practicing good bathroom habits can help prevent the recurrence of hemorrhoids.