Hemorrhoid banding is a procedure in which the hemorrhoid is tied off at its base with rubber bands, thus cutting of its blood flow.
At Digestive Health Specialists, we utilize the patented CRH-O’Regan Disposable Hemorrhoid Banding System, which is smaller and more comfortable for patients. This method uses gentle suction, instead of metal-toothed forceps, to grasp the hemorrhoid, thus significantly reducing the risk of pain and bleeding. Also, because the device is 100% disposable and single-use, the risk for cross-patient infection (i.e. HIV, hepatitis B and C) associated with inadequately sterilized conventional equipment is eliminated.
The hemorrhoid typically falls off within a day or so, and 99.8% of patients have no post-procedure pain. Performed in our offices in as little as 60 seconds, the banding technique has been found to be 99.1% effective.
Before scheduling your hemorrhoid banding procedure try these at-home treatments first to determine if your hemorrhoids will resolve on their own.
Take a 15-minute sitz bath (a warm bath with a tablespoon of table salt added) 3 times per day and after each bowel movement, if possible. Gently dry your bottom after the bath
Avoid constipation by increasing the amount of fiber and liquids in your diet. Stool softeners may also be helpful when attempting to avoid constipation
Avoid sitting on the commode for more than 2 minutes to prevent excess straining. If you are unable to have a bowel movement at that time, come back later
Avoid prolonged sitting or other activities that will increase the pressure on your bottom. If you work at a desk all day, get up and take breaks whenever you can
There are many creams or suppositories for hemorrhoids, but they have limited benefits
If these treatments do not help within 1-2 weeks, please call Digestive Health Specialists to discuss our fast, safe and painless treatment method for hemorrhoid removal.