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This article was published on December 3, 2013, and was last updated on May 1st, 2019 in Hemorrhoid Banding.
With its extremely high success rate and simple process, band ligation is the most popular non-surgical hemorrhoid treatment in the world. And with the CRH O’Regan System offered by some of the best doctors in the country, it’s easy for patients to get the hemorrhoid relief they need. But many people wonder – will hemorrhoid banding work for all types of hemorrhoids? The short answer is this: Both internal and external hemorrhoids can be treated with band ligation, unless the problem has reached the most advanced stages. In this case, another form of treatment may be required.
Hemorrhoids can occur both inside and outside the body. The majority of hemorrhoids begin internally – causing no symptoms at all except for occasional bleeding during bowel movements. But once an internal hemorrhoid reaches stage 2, it begins to push through the anal opening – becoming what is known as a prolapsed internal hemorrhoid. Internal hemorrhoids in stage 2 or 3 are often mistaken for external hemorrhoids because they have begun to protrude from the anus, causing some of the same uncomfortable symptoms. While hemorrhoids can form externally, most people who have external hemorrhoids also have internals hemorrhoids (most external hemorrhoid problems actually stem from an internal hemorrhoid). The good news is that, because they’re interconnected, by treating the internal hemorrhoids directly with rubber band ligation, any external disease will usually go away as well.
During the CRH O’Regan banding procedure, the doctor gently suctions the tissue and places a rubber band around the base of the internal hemorrhoid (where there aren’t any nerve endings). However, if the problem has become too severe (stage 4), removing it could potentially require surgery.
If you’re experiencing hemorrhoid symptoms, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the different types of treatments available. Chances are you’re the perfect candidate for the CRH O’Regan banding procedure.