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Hemorrhoidal Banding

What are internal hemorrhoids?

Internal hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels located inside the lower rectum or anus. They can cause discomfort, irritation, itching, and bleeding during bowel movements. Internal hemorrhoids are caused by increased pressure on the veins in the rectum and anus, which can occur due to straining during bowel movements, chronic constipation, pregnancy, obesity, and prolonged sitting or standing.

What is hemorrhoidal banding?

Hemorrhoidal banding, also known as rubber band ligation, is a medical procedure used to treat internal hemorrhoids. During hemorrhoidal banding, your physician will use a special tool to place a small rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid. This cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, causing it to shrink and eventually fall off within a few days. The procedure is usually performed in a doctor’s office or outpatient setting and does not require anesthesia.

Hemorrhoidal banding is a common and effective treatment for symptomatic internal hemorrhoids that have not responded to conservative measures such as lifestyle changes, fiber supplements, and topical medications. It is typically recommended for grade 1 or grade 2 hemorrhoids, which are smaller and less severe.

After the procedure, patients may experience some discomfort or a feeling of fullness in the rectum. Over-the-counter pain relievers and warm baths can help alleviate these symptoms. It is also important to maintain good hygiene and avoid straining during bowel movements to aid in the healing process.

Hemorrhoidal banding is generally considered safe, but like any medical procedure, it carries some risks. Potential complications may include bleeding, infection, urinary retention, or allergic reactions to medications used during the procedure. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with a healthcare professional before undergoing hemorrhoidal banding.

If you are experiencing symptoms of hemorrhoids or considering hemorrhoidal banding, it is best to consult with a board-certified gastroenterologist at Rockford Gastroenterology Associates in Rockford, Illinois. They can evaluate your condition and provide appropriate advice and treatment options.

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