Banding of Haemorrhoids

While haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are typically harmless, they can cause discomfort and even pain for those who have them. There are several treatments available, and banding is a common, minimally invasive option. But just how effective is it?

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at haemorrhoid banding and what you can expect if you decide to undergo the procedure.

What is rubber band ligation?

Haemorrhoid banding is also referred to as rubber band ligation. It is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat haemorrhoids. Typically performed in a clinic setting, rather than a hospital, it does not require any incisions or sutures.

In the procedure, a small band is placed around the base of the haemorrhoid, cutting off the blood supply and causing the haemorrhoid to shrink and eventually fall off.

Rubber band ligation is considered a safe and effective treatment for haemorrhoids, with a low risk of complications and minimal recovery time. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as itching, pain, or bleeding, haemorrhoid banding may be an option worth considering. However, it’s important to speak with your doctor or specialist to determine if it’s the right choice for you.

What are the risks and complications?

Haemorrhoid banding is largely considered a safe and effective procedure, but there are some risks and complications you should be aware of. The most common risks associated with the procedure include:

  • Pain: You may experience some discomfort or pain during or after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medication can help you to manage these symptoms, making your recovery more comfortable.
  • Bleeding: There is a small risk of bleeding after haemorrhoid banding. However, this is usually minor and can be managed with proper wound care.
  • Recurrence: Haemorrhoids may recur after the procedure, especially if you don’t make any lifestyle changes to address underlying causes.
  • Infection: As with any medical procedure, there is a risk of infection. Your doctor will take precautions to minimise the risks and provide you with instructions for proper wound care.

When you book a consultation with Mr Stellakis, he will discuss with you the risks of haemorrhoid banding and its suitability for treating your individual symptoms. He can suggest other options for treating haemorrhoids to give you the best results.

How effective is banding for removal of haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoid banding is a highly effective treatment for haemorrhoids, with success rates ranging from 80-90%. Most patients experience significant improvement in their symptoms, including itching, pain, and bleeding, after the procedure.

In many cases, the haemorrhoid will shrink and eventually fall off, providing long-term relief. However, the effectiveness of haemorrhoid banding can vary depending on the severity of your haemorrhoids, alongside other factors such as age, overall health, and lifestyle habits.

Keep in mind that haemorrhoid banding is not a cure for haemorrhoids. While the procedure can provide significant relief, it is important to make appropriate lifestyle changes to address the underlying cause. Common underlying causes include a low-fibre diet, lack of physical activity, and prolonged sitting or standing. By making these changes and undergoing haemorrhoid banding, you can help to greatly reduce the risk of recurrence.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of haemorrhoids, book a consultation with Mr Stellakis to discover if haemorrhoid banding is right for you. With proper diagnosis and treatment, you can find relief from your symptoms and regain your quality of life.