The most common and convenient way to remove an uncomfortable hemorrhoid is through rubber band ligation. During this procedure, a Los Angeles hemorrhoid doctor places a rubber band on the hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply. Because this is minimally invasive, most people prefer this method for its simplicity.
The proctologist will conduct a physical exam on a patient’s rectum using an anoscope, which is a viewing instrument that allows the doctor to see the hemorrhoid up close and personal.
The doctor will then gently pull the hemorrhoid away from the intestinal wall, and put a rubber band on its base. The rubber band will restrict the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, causing it to shrivel up and fall off on its own after a couple of days.
A patient can request for anesthesia or sedation if they find the entire process too uncomfortable. The entire procedure can take around 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
Risks from the Procedure
Rubber band ligation is safe, and complications are rare. However, just like any other operation, there are small risks involved. People respond differently to the procedure, and some have complained of bleeding, pain, and swelling in the anal area. Difficulty in urination may also be experienced.
Bleeding is considered as the main risk. Patients will notice a small amount of bleeding on the place where the bands cut through the hemorrhoid for the first couple of days.
During the first few weeks after the surgery, it is recommended that strenuous physical activities such as heavy lifting should be avoided to reduce the risk of complications.
If your hemorrhoids are causing you a lot of pain and discomfort, please call or visit us at the Proctology Institute so we can discuss the best treatment options for you.