If you have hemorrhoids and they interfere with your ability to sit or work comfortably, consider hemorrhoid banding. At The Gastroenterology Group, the expert providers use hemorrhoid banding to treat painful hemorrhoids and provide lasting relief. Call the office in Akron, Ohio, today or click the online booking feature to make an appointment.
Hemorrhoid banding is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that treats hemorrhoids –– swollen veins that develop in your anus and rectum. If you have itchy or painful hemorrhoids, hemorrhoid banding can reduce the uncomfortable symptoms, improving your quality of life.
Before recommending hemorrhoid banding, your provider at The Gastroenterology Group reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms.
During the consultation, let them know about any prescription medications or supplements you regularly take. After hemorrhoid banding, it’s important to avoid straining during bowel movements to reduce the risk of complications.
At The Gastroenterology Group, the providers perform hemorrhoid banding on an outpatient basis.
You lie face down on an exam table at the beginning of your appointment. Once you’re comfortable, your provider carefully inserts a tool called an anoscope into your rectum.
The anoscope has a bright light and a high-definition camera on its end, allowing your provider to see the hemorrhoids inside your rectum. Your provider inserts a tool called a ligator through the anoscope. The ligator enables your provider to wrap small rubber bands around your hemorrhoids, restricting their blood flow.
After banding each of your hemorrhoids, your provider removes the anoscope. The entire process usually takes 20 minutes or less.
After hemorrhoid banding, it’s normal to experience mild discomfort for a few days. You might also experience symptoms like flatulence, constipation, or abdominal pain.
As your body heals, the hemorrhoids dry up and fall out. You might not even notice since they usually pass with bowel movements.
Hemorrhoid banding is safe and usually well-tolerated, but there are potential risks, including infection, problems urinating, and recurring hemorrhoids. To reduce the risk of these and other issues, take any medication as prescribed and follow your provider’s instructions carefully.
To see if hemorrhoid banding is right for you, make an appointment at The Gastroenterology Group by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.