When hemorrhoids strike, the itching, pain, and bleeding that may result can be debilitating. Although many people start with OTC medications or sitz baths first, some cases of internal hemorrhoids are just too stubborn for home remedies.
That’s why your hemorrhoid doctor could recommend rubber band ligation.
Rubber band ligation, also known as hemorrhoid banding, is a nonsurgical process by which small elastic bands are placed at the base of each hemorrhoid. Soon the loss of blood flow “starves” the hemorrhoid, causing it to fall off harmlessly.
What can you expect in terms of follow-up and aftercare? WebMD offers a clear description:
People respond differently to this procedure. Some are able to return to regular activities (but avoid heavy lifting) almost immediately. Others may need 2 to 3 days of bed rest.
Pain is likely for 24 to 48 hours after rubber band ligation. You may use acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol) and sit in a shallow tub of warm water (sitz bath) for 15 minutes at a time to relieve discomfort.
I have been treating hemorrhoids in Los Angeles for more than a decade, and in that time I am proud to have earned a reputation as the best hemorrhoid doctor in LA. If you are interested in hemorrhoid banding, please contact the hemorrhoid specialists at the Proctology Institute today.