Hemorrhoid banding is a very simple and pain-free method of removing hemorrhoids. It requires no non-invasive surgery and is done by inserting a rubber band ligator, like the Nexus System, into your anus (for internal hemorrhoids) via an anoscope, pulling the hemorrhoid taut and away from the rectal wall, and placing a rubber bacd around it. The band cuts off blood flow to the hemorrhoid, causing it to wither away and fall off.
The procedure of hemorrhoid banding, or rubber band ligation, is very quick and easy for your physician to perform. It is done in your physician’s office, can take about an hour or so, and you can go home that day. To prepare for your banding, here is what you need to know:
Read All Pre- & Post-Procedure Instructions Carefully
Before your procedure, your doctor will give you pre- and post-procedure care instructions and explain them to you. Be sure to read them carefully on your own and follow them closely. This will help the procedure and your recovery go smoother and answer any questions you may have. If you have additional questions or concerns, you doctor will be more than happy to answer them.
Tell Your Doctor About Any Medications Or Conditions
Like with any procedure, it is good practice to inform your doctor of any medications you are taking, both over-the-counter and prescription, and any conditions you may have. This is especially important if you are taking a blood thinner to prevent clots, as it may affect your candidacy for the procedure.
The reason being, after the hemorrhoid and band falls off approximately a week after banding you may experience some slight bleeding and blood thinners may make this bleeding worse or even dangerous.
There’s No Need To Fast Or Bowel Prep
Since hemorrhoid banding is such a simple procedure there is no need to fast or do a bowel prep beforehand like you would for a hemorrhoidectomy.
You May Bring A Trusted Friend Or Family Member
While you will not undergo anesthesia for this procedure, you are more than welcome to bring a trusted, responsible friend or family member if you are nervous. You may experience some mild discomfort afterwards, so having a good support system can help you remember to properly care for yourself.