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Is banding a safer hemorrhoid treatment?

When thinking about choosing hemorrhoid banding as a treatment for your hemorrhoids, there are always a million questions that run through one’s head:

  • Will it hurt?
  • How much work will I miss?
  • Will it hurt?
  • How long will it take?
  • Will it hurt?

Aside from the pain issue and time investment of each treatment option, one of the most common questions is whether banding is one of the safer treatments available. If you were to ask a doctor, in short, he’d probably say yes, but if you’re doing some comparison shopping and are wondering if banding is safer than some other treatment, you might like a more specific answer. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re wondering whether banding is a safer hemorrhoid treatment than . . .

  • Infrared coagulation – The answer is somewhat unclear. While infrared coagulation, or IRC, is a relatively safe and noninvasive procedure with few complications, a prescription for pain medication post-procedure is generally given to patients to deal with some residual pain and swelling in the area.
  • Stapled hemorrhoidectomy – To put it plainly, the answer is yes, hemorrhoidal banding is a safer treatment than a stapled hemorrhoidectomy. This often painful procedure can have patients out of work for up to 10 days and almost always requires a pain medication prescription post-procedure
  • Conventional hemorrhoidectomy – Absolutely and 100%, yes, banding is safer. A conventional hemorrhoidectomy requires the doctor to cut off the affected tissue with a scalpel and then sew up the remaining wound. With the possibility of improperly applied sutures coupled with the high likelihood of infection due to the prevalence of bacteria and microorganisms in the passing stools, there’s much that can go wrong. In addition, conventional hemorrhoidectomy can take people out of work for 10-14 days and always requires pain medication post-procedure.

To, once again, put it plainly, hemorrhoidal banding is one of the safest, least painful, and least invasive hemorrhoid removal procedures available. Whether your concern is time spent in procedure or out of work, infection or shoddy technique, or the all-important pain factor, most doctors will agree that rubber band ligation is one of the safest hemorrhoid treatments out there.

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Posted on November 19, 2012 in Helpful Articles, Hemorrhoid Banding

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