What is Hemorrhoid Ligation?
Hemorrhoid ligation is also known as banding. During this procedure, your surgeon will attach tiny rubber bands to the base of each hemorrhoid being treated. The bands stop the blood flow to the hemorrhoids and cause them to fall off after about a week.
This procedure is minimally invasive and utilizes a surgical instrument called an anoscope that is inserted anally to attach the bands. The anoscope is about the same size and diameter as a pencil. It should not cause much if any discomfort to you during the operation.
Hemorrhoid ligation can be an alternative to more invasive hemorrhoid removal surgery or to procedures like sclerotherapy. People who are not eligible for these other operations could still be good candidates for hemorrhoid ligation because it is relatively painless, does not involve the use of general sedation, and comes with few risks like bleeding and infection.