Rubber band ligation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the rectal area. This procedure involves tying off the hemorrhoid with a small rubber band, which cuts off the blood supply and causes it to shrink and fall off within a few days.
The Rubber Band Ligation Procedure
Before the procedure
The patient will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. The doctor will then insert an anoscope, a small instrument that allows them to see the hemorrhoid. They will use a special tool to place a small rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid, which will cause it to shrink and fall off.
After the procedure
The patient may experience some discomfort, but this will be managed with routine over-the-counter pain relievers. They may also experience some bleeding or discharge from the anus, but this is normal and should stop within a few days.
Rubber Band Ligation Recovery & Follow Up
The recovery time after rubber band ligation is typically minimal, and most patients can return to their normal activities within a day or two. However, it is important to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least a week after the procedure to allow the area to heal.
You may be required to visit your doctor for a routine follow up to ensure that the hemorrhoid has fallen off and to address any ongoing symptoms.