Hemorrhoid banding is a simple, safe procedure conducted strictly for internal hemorrhoids via rubber band ligation. The hemorrhoid is tied at the base with rubber bands to cut off its blood supply. The lack of blood flow to the hemorrhoid causes it to shrink and eventually fall off. Within a week or two the hemorrhoid will detach, leaving a scar. The procedure is confined to 1 or 2 hemorrhoids per visit. A gastroenterologist may treat hemorrhoids at once with general anesthesia, or over 4 to 6 week periods.
Who Needs Hemorrhoid Banding?
Individuals suffering from internal hemorrhoids that are causing discomforts such as rectal bleeding and itching can benefit from endoscopic hemorrhoid band ligation, or hem banding.