Hemorrhoid Banding in Washington

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Hemorrhoids are inflamed veins that occur in one's lower rectum or anus. Hemorrhoids can occur within the rectum (internally) or outside, on the anus (externally). It usually occurs when the vein walls in one's anus or rectum become so thin that the veins swell or protrude. In some situations, a blood clot could develop in the hemorrhoid (called a thrombosed hemorrhoid) and cause concern.

If a hemorrhoid becomes extremely painful or is responsible for additional health concerns, it may need to be removed. One procedure frequently conducted to remove internal hemorrhoids is hemorrhoid banding, also called rubber band ligation. If you are seeking information regarding hemorrhoid banding in Washington, our providers can help. At Washington Gastroenterology, our physician-led team of GI providers frequently treats hemorrhoids using hemorrhoid banding procedures.

Hemorrhoid banding is a process where the blood flow to a hemorrhoid is obstructed by placing a rubber band at the base of it. Over time, the hemorrhoid will grow smaller and then cease to be. A scar will then form where the hemorrhoid was, stopping surrounding vessels from swelling or developing into other hemorrhoids within the area.

Hemorrhoid banding is completed by inserting an anoscope into the anus. The provider then secures the hemorrhoid and uses a tool to place a band around the hemorrhoid's base. Hemorrhoid banding is traditionally restricted to treating just one or two hemorrhoids in a given treatment unless the individual is under anesthesia.

Depending on the person, the recovery and situation following hemorrhoid banding could differ. Some patients can resume normal function almost immediately following the procedure, while others require a couple of days of rest in bed to recover. Pain is common for up to 48 hours following hemorrhoid banding, and bleeding may happen for up to 10 days following the procedure.

Our Washington Gastroenterology GI team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to follow once the hemorrhoid banding procedure is complete. To reduce the possibility of bleeding, it is of the utmost importance to avoid taking aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs/NSAIDs for four days before or after the procedure. To diminish pressure in the rectum, it is suggested that the patient consume plenty of fluids and ingest a diet high in fiber to help promote smooth bowel movements.

Hemorrhoid banding in Washington is a nonsurgical procedure commonly provided by a board-certified gastroenterologist. Our gastrointestinal providers offer this routine procedure at Washington Gastroenterology and have helped thousands of individuals experience an end to suffering from hemorrhoid symptoms. If you or a loved one deal with the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids, please reach out to a local Washington Gastroenterology to learn more about hemorrhoid banding or to connect with a gastroenterology specialist near you.

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Is there anything I need to do to prepare for hemorrhoid banding?

Usually, there is not anything you will need to do to prepare for your appointment. Your provider will likely ask you about any prescriptions and/or supplements you take, so keep a list written down. Following your procedure, you may want to have someone you trust ready and willing to help you out for the rest of the day to reduce the risk of putting strain as you recover. It’s essential to stick to pre- and post-treatment guidelines provided by your Washington Gastroenterology team.

Is hemorrhoid banding a safe process?

As with a number of procedures, there is a minute risk connected with hemorrhoid banding, such as recurring hemorrhoids, bleeding, and infection. Bear in mind, though, our GI specialists work diligently to reduce the risks. We will work diligently to put you on the track of a successful recovery process.

Can you go back to work after a hemorrhoid banding procedure?

Generally, you can work as normal after your procedure. Our GI specialists suggest that you do not perform physical activity following your procedure, but those with a desk job usually return to work after the treatment.

Will hemorrhoid banding cause a lot of discomfort?

Your gastroenterologist’s objective is to keep you as comfortable and relaxed as you can be, no matter what. Your provider will use local anesthetic to reduce any pain you may experience; however, you could experience slight discomfort both during and after the hemorrhoid banding.

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