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Making painful hemorrhoid surgery a thing of the past

It wasn't that long ago when surgical removal or coagulation of internal and external hemorrhoids was commonplace. Recovery from those procedures tended to be long and uncomfortable. Thanks to a newer procedure called rubber band ligation or simply banding, recovery is much faster and less painful. Most patients only feel pain for a day or two after the procedure. Bleeding after the procedure is minimal.

What you need to know about hemorrhoid banding (ligation)

The banding procedure is performed with an instrument called an anoscope that allows our physicians to see internal hemorrhoids in great detail. It is these internal hemorrhoids, which cause most hemorrhoid-associated bleeding. The instrument also lets us use a special applicator to secure a rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid just tightly enough to cut off its blood supply. Without its blood supply, the hemorrhoid dries up and falls off. A small scar then seals the slight wound that's left behind and prevents veins from bulging back into the anal canal. Our physicians commonly perform hemorrhoid banding during colonoscopy.

Convenient in-office procedure

Most people with just one or two hemorrhoids can have this procedure done right here in the office at East Valley Gastroenterology & Hepatology Associates. Since everyone has different pain tolerance – especially in so sensitive an area – local anesthesia may or may not be necessary. Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Hemorrhoid banding is the preferred hemorrhoid removal method throughout the world. It effectively removes hemorrhoids for up to 90 percent of sufferers. 

For more on these procedures, call East Valley Gastroenterology & Hepatology Associates at 480.786.6655 or use our online form to schedule your consultation.

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