Hemorrhoid Treatment with Band Ligation
If you have hemorrhoids, you probably want to be rid of them! Band ligation is one way to treat internal hemorrhoids, which are located inside the lower rectum. External hemorrhoids are found outside of the body, on the anus.
What is band ligation? During this procedure, the doctor will use instruments to place rubber bands at the base of the internal hemorrhoid. The bands cut off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, essentially killing it off over the course of 7-10 days. Once the hemorrhoid has been fully starved of blood, it should fall off harmlessly. Scar tissue forms over the site of the hemorrhoid and will protect the veins located there and prevent them from bulging.
Is the procedure painful? This simple procedure is performed relatively quickly at the office. Most people experience little to no discomfort during the procedure. We’ll make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Less commonly, general anesthesia may be recommended if there are a large number of internal hemorrhoids requiring ligation.
What is the recovery like? You may have a sensation of fullness in your bowels afterward, or you may feel like you need to have a bowel movement. Both of these things are very common. You may experience some pain, which can most often be alleviated with acetaminophen or a pain medication prescribed by our doctors.
How quickly will I feel back to normal? It really depends on the individual. Some people are comfortable returning to work the same day or the next day. Other people prefer to take a few days at home to rest and recover. Pain and discomfort should go away over 24-48 hours. Light activity is fine and recommended, but don’t engage in any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 2-3 weeks. You may experience mild bleeding when the hemorrhoid falls off, usually about 7-10 days after the banding procedure.
If you are interested in hemorrhoid band ligation in NYC, please call Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center at 212-979-3237 to arrange a consultation. One of our experienced gastroenterologists is ready to help you decide what to do about these uncomfortable, inflamed veins that may be interfering with your daily life.