A hemorrhoid is a term that refers to a certain condition wherein the blood vessels around the lower rectum or anus became inflamed and swollen. There are several factors that can cause a person to develop this condition like aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea, anal interference and pregnancy. It can develop externally or internally. There are many treatments to alleviate the symptoms of this condition, one of which is banding hemorrhoids. This procedure, also known as rubber band ligation, is normally performed by a licensed medical practitioner. There is also other hemorrhoids treatment, as from hemorrhoids banding that can done to provide relief from the symptoms. Some of these procedures are:

– Applying a suppository or hemorrhoidal cream on the inflamed area for a prescribed period.

– Having a tub bath in plain warm water for 10-20 minutes several times every day.

Rubber band ligation – what is it?

Hemorrhoid rubber band ligation is a procedure that is performed by a doctor normally in a clinic, wherein the hemorrhoid, using rubber bands is tied off at its base. The purpose of this is to impede the blood circulation to the hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoid banding is one of the more commonly used procedures for internal hemorrhoids. This procedure is a very cost effective alternative instead of having a surgery like hemorrhoidectomy. Comparing to traditional methods of treating hemorrhoids, this procedure requires less narcotic or sedative, less discomfort to patients and it can guarantee better outcomes.

How is it performed?

An anascope or a viewing instrument is first inserted by the doctor into the anus of the patient, before starting with the procedure. A ligating instrument is where the hemorrhoid will be gently suctioned into, and then at the base of the hemorrhoid, a small rubber band will be placed to impede the flow of blood to the hemorrhoid.

Then more or less a week after, it will shrivel away and then completely fall off. After the hemorrhoids banding procedure, it will just cause some minor discomfort to the patient. Then to hold the other blood vessels near the area so that they will not obstructive into the anal passage, a scar will form in the place where the hemorrhoid was previously. Banding hemorrhoids is a procedure that can be done in the clinic and usually do not need anesthesia.

Rubber band ligation can also be alternatively done at the same time when the patient undergoes colonoscopy. This can be more convenient and the patient can save some money by doing this.

What is the success rate for this procedure?

It is reported that more than 80% of the patients who had undergone this procedure were able to see significant improvements from their symptoms of hemorrhoids. Repeat treatment like in the case of symptoms occurring is rarely seen. This kind of hemorrhoids treatment is indicated or prescribed for patients with internal hemorrhoids that are small to medium sized. Treatment for larger hemorrhoids does not show much success in using this method, so other forms of treatment is otherwise prescribed.