Now here's a topic you usually don't discuss over the dinner table...even if you are having trouble just sitting down to eat! Hemorrhoids! And if you have had a baby or two...or six....these little guys can be, well, a HUGE pain in the butt! If the creams and gels and 'medicated' wipes don't seem to be working for you, you might consider Hemorrhoid Banding (Hemorrhoid Ligation). Sounds like fun doesn't it?! Well if you have never heard of this procedure read on and perhaps ask your doctor if it might be something to consider if you have horrible trouble with your hemorrhoids. Your health insurance may even cover it!
Definition of Hemorrhoid Banding
This is a procedure to remove hemorrhoids, which are enlarged and bulging blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum. Banding cuts off the blood circulation to hemorrhoids, causing them to shrink and fall off.
Parts of the Body Involved
Hemorrhoid banding is done at the rectum and anus.
Reasons for Procedure
Hemorrhoid banding is used to treat painful, swollen hemorrhoids. More than one hemorrhoid can be banded at the same time. The procedure is most often performed for the following reasons:
Severely bleeding hemorrhoids
Severely painful hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoid containing a blood clot (called thrombosed hemorrhoid)
Hemorrhoids that protrude through the anus (called prolapsed hemorrhoids)