Do I Need Band Ligation for My Hemorrhoids?

Doctor reassuring a patientHemorrhoids are swollen veins located in the rectum and anus. Most people have experienced hemorrhoids, but in some cases, the hemorrhoids can become prolapsed and protrude through the anus. They can be more than just a painful nuisance. Sometimes, the bleeding and discomfort from hemorrhoids can interfere with your quality of life. At that point, you should consider band ligation for your hemorrhoids. 

Who Gets Hemorrhoids?

The most common cause of hemorrhoids is from straining to have a bowel movement. Women who become pregnant, men and women over the age of 50, people who suffer from obesity, and people who sit for extended periods are more likely to have hemorrhoids.

How to Prevent Hemorrhoids?

There’s no perfect prevention for hemorrhoids, but one of the most effective ways to minimize the risk of getting hemorrhoids is to eat a diet rich in fiber, including whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and fruit. It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

What If Home Treatment Is Not Working for My Hemorrhoids?

In many cases, hemorrhoids can be successfully treated at home. It’s important to keep the area clean and to refrain from straining when having a bowel movement. Over-the-counter products like hemorrhoid creams, suppositories, and wipes, can help reduce swelling and inflammation while reducing the pain and itching. If your hemorrhoids are not going away, or if the pain and itching is interfering with your daily life, band ligation is an effective treatment.

What Is Band Ligation?

Rubber band ligation is a procedure used to treat hemorrhoids by tying off the vein at its base with a rubber band. This eliminates the blood flow so that hemorrhoids will shrink. Eventually, the tissue will die and fall off, and the resulting scar prevents other veins from pushing into the anus.

If you believe you are suffering from hemorrhoids and may need band ligation treatment, the first step is to consult with a skilled NYC gastroenterologist. Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center (GPDDC) is home to top board-certified gastroenterology physicians, with extensive experience in digestive disease diagnosis and treatment. Call (212) 979-3237 or use the form on this page to learn more about our GI services and treatments.

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