Hemorrhoids are a potentially painful condition, and while they may go away on their own, sometimes professional treatment or even surgery is required. If your hemorrhoids are not improving with diet changes or the use of stool softeners, you may need the assistance of a gastroenterologist to find relief.
At Rochester Gastroenterology Associates, with several locations in Rochester, NY, we offer hemorrhoid treatments including rubber band ligation, AKA hemorrhoid banding. Here's what you should know about the procedure:
How is it done?
During this procedure, your gastroenterologist will use a rubber band to tie off the base of an internal hemorrhoid to stop blood flow to it. The hemorrhoid will shrink and eventually fall off. A scar will develop to keep veins from protruding into the anal canal. You may have some slight bleeding a week or so after the banding is done.
Is it painful?
At our Rochester, NY, offices, we will administer a numbing medication if you are experiencing discomfort during the procedure. You may feel some pain during the recovery period, or feel full and bloated.
What is the recovery period?
You should recover from the procedure within a few days, with pain likely to dissipate within 24 to 48 hours. You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever if necessary, or try sitting in warm water. Taking a stool softener and staying hydrated may help your bowel movements go more smoothly.
Will my hemorrhoids come back?
Hemorrhoid banding is successful in preventing regrowth in most individuals, though a small number may ultimately require surgery. If you have numerous hemorrhoids, you may need several procedures to eliminate them all.
If you are suffering from internal hemorrhoids, make an appointment with the team at Rochester Gastroenterology Associates. Reach us in Rochester, NY, at (585) 267-4040 or (585) 227-1080.