What is Haemorrhoids Banding?
Haemorrhoid banding is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat haemorrhoids. It is a safe and effective treatment.
How does haemorrhoid banding work?
During haemorrhoid banding, a doctor will use a small instrument called a ligator to place a rubber band around the base of the haemorrhoid. The rubber band cuts off the blood supply to the haemorrhoid, which causes it to wither and fall off within a few days.
What do I need to do before having a banding session?
There is no need to stop any medications and there is no need for any bowel preparation. Patients can eat and drink before and after the procedure if tolerated. There is no need for any general or local anaesthesia as the procedure is usually painless and does not differ much from a rectal examination.
How is haemorrhoid banding done?
Haemorrhoid banding is usually done in a surgery room. You will be asked to lie on your side or stomach with your knees bent. The doctor will then insert a small instrument called a proctoscope into your rectum. The proctoscope has a light on the end so that the doctor can see the haemorrhoids. The doctor will then use the ligator to place the rubber band around the base of the haemorrhoid.
What are the risks of haemorrhoid banding?
The risks of haemorrhoid banding are rare. Possible risks include:
Pain: Some people experience mild to moderate pain after haemorrhoid banding. This pain is usually temporary and goes away within a few days.
Bleeding: Bleeding is a common side effect of haemorrhoid banding. The bleeding is usually mild and stops on its own within a few days. However, in rare cases, bleeding can be severe and require medical attention.
Infection: There is a small risk of infection after haemorrhoid banding. If you develop an infection, you may experience swelling, redness, and pain in the area around the haemorrhoid. You may also have a fever. If you develop an infection, it is important to see your doctor right away for treatment.
What happens after banding?
Usually, the physician will ask you to remain on site for 15 - 20 minutes after banding. Patients may be free to go if no complications occur. Some dull anal ache is a normal post-procedure feeling and can last for several hours; however, this usually subsides soon. Patients can have a bath or a shower, can walk and carry on usual daily activities. However, it would be better to avoid heavy exercise, jogging or riding a bike for the rest of the day.
What is the difference between Haemorrhoids Banding and the Rafaelo Procedure?
Rafaelo and haemorrhoid banding are both minimally invasive procedures used to treat haemorrhoids. However, Rafaelo uses radiofrequency energy to shrink haemorrhoids, while haemorrhoid banding uses rubber bands to cut off the blood supply to haemorrhoids. Rafaelo is a newer procedure, while haemorrhoid banding is a more traditional procedure. Both procedures are done in a surgery room. You may experience some mild pain or discomfort after either procedure, but this is usually temporary. You will need to avoid straining when you have a bowel movement for a few days after the procedure. You will also need to follow your doctor's instructions for care after the procedure.
Pricing for haemorrhoid banding starts at £295