Hemorrhoid Banding
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Hemorrhoid Banding?

Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum. Hemorrhoid banding is a procedure to remove them.

Banding is used to treat painful, swollen hemorrhoids. The procedure is most often done for the following reasons:

  • Severely bleeding hemorrhoids
  • Severely painful hemorrhoids
  • Hemorrhoid containing a blood clot (thrombosed hemorrhoid)
  • Hemorrhoids that protrude through the anus (prolapsed hemorrhoids)

Grade 2 Hemorrhoid
Grade 2 Hemorrhoid
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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have hemorrhoid banding, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Recurrence of hemorrhoids
  • Swelling and pain from remaining hemorrhoids
  • Adverse reaction to the local anesthetic (if used)

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Passing large amounts of blood
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Constipation or trouble urinating
  • An aching feeling develops in the area between the rectum and the genitals

In case of emergency, CALL 911.

 
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