What is Hemorrhoid Banding?
During the hemorrhoid banding procedure, a physician places a small rubber band over the hemorrhoid. There are usually three banding sessions required at two-week intervals, with a final checkup about four weeks later.
What to Expect
The procedure is relatively painless since the area involved has few pain-sensitive nerve endings. The band cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid causing the rubber band and hemorrhoid to fall off, generally within 48 hours.
After the Procedure
Following the banding, rest at home that evening and resume full activity the next day. To avoid constipation, take two tablespoons of natural wheat bran, natural oat bran, flax, Benefiber or any over the counter fiber supplement with 7-8 glasses of water. Occasionally, you may have more bleeding than usual after the banding procedure. This is often from untreated hemorrhoids rather than the treated one. Don’t be concerned if there is a tablespoon or so of blood. If there is more blood than this, lie flat with your bottom higher than your head and apply an ice pack to the area. If the bleeding does not stop within a half an hour and you feel faint, call your local office or go to the emergency room.
Do not stay seated for more than 2-3 hours. Tighten your buttock muscles 10 – 15 times every two hours and take 10 – 15 deep breaths every 1 – 2 hours.
Do not spend more than a few minutes on the toilet bearing down if you cannot empty your bowel; instead re-visit the toilet at a later time.