About Hemorrhoid Banding
Hemorrhoid banding is a minimally invasive operation that involves placing rubber bands at the base of one or two internal hemorrhoids. Also called rubber band litigation, it effectively cuts off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid being treated. Over the course of the next few weeks, the hemorrhoid dies and sloughs off, allowing the treated area to be covered with scar tissue. The scar tissue then prevents the veins from bulging out of the anal canal.
The typical hemorrhoid banding procedure takes about 10 minutes to complete. During that time, you will remain awake, albeit lightly sedated for your comfort. The only invasive quality of the operation involves the insertion of the anoscope, the surgical instrument used during the procedure, into the anus. It is important that you remain awake during the surgery so you can give your input on the placement of the band itself. Your doctor will want to know if it is too tight or if the band is causing you pain. If it is painful, the surgeon may inject the tissue with a mild anesthetic.
After the surgery is finished, you will remain under observation for signs of allergic reactions or complications like bleeding. When you are stable, you will be discharged to go home.