What to Expect
What to Know Before Your Hemorrhoid Banding Appointment
Every physician in the CRH network works hard to ensure your hemorrhoids are treated completely – after hemorrhoid banding, you’ll be without pain or downtime. Before you’re appointment, you don’t even need to fast or take other measures to prepare.
Here’s what to expect on your first visit:
During your Hemorrhoid Banding Appointment
First, your physician will examine you and confirm your diagnosis. If he or she determines a CRH System hemorrhoid banding procedure is right for you, you may begin treatment right away, or on a subsequent visit.
During the brief and painless banding procedure, your physician will use a gentle suction device – unlike the harsh metal clamps used in other banding treatments – to place a small rubber band around the base of the internal hemorrhoid where there are no pain-sensitive nerve endings. The whole thing typically takes less than 60 seconds.
After the Hemorrhoid Banding Appointment
Once the band is in place, it cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, causing the banded tissue to fall off, typically within a few days. You probably will not even notice when this happens! The hemorrhoid will shrink, relieving your symptoms.
During the first 24 hours, you may experience a feeling of fullness or a dull ache in the rectum, but over-the-counter pain medication will provide sufficient relief.
If you have multiple hemorrhoids, you’ll likely need to come back to treat each one separately – that way, your doctor can monitor your treatment and ensure the complication rate is kept to an absolute minimum.
After your Hemorrhoid Banding Appointment, recovery is easy.