Hemorrhoid Banding in Santa Ana, CA
With over 1 million cases diagnosed annually in the U.S., many people suffer from painful hemorrhoids. As inflamed and swollen veins located in and around the anus or lower rectum, hemorrhoids can cause uncomfortable symptoms including bleeding, itching, pain, or discomfort.
There are many ways to treat hemorrhoids including the use of creams, sprays, pads and lotions. When these at-home options no longer provide relief, contact Dr. Chung for an evaluation and to discuss hemorrhoid banding.
Also known as rubber band ligation, hemorrhoid banding is a common in-office procedure used to eliminate these symptoms by removing unwanted hemorrhoids.
How to Prepare for a Hemorrhoid Banding Procedure
There is little preparation needed for hemorrhoid banding. Patients do not need to complete a bowel preparation in advance of their procedure and are generally back to work the same day with minimal discomfort.
What to Expect During Hemorrhoid Banding
Performed right in Dr. Chung’s office, hemorrhoid banding is a simple procedure generally taking less than 10 minutes.
Your physician will examine the hemorrhoid and, using a specialized instrument, he or she will hold the hemorrhoid in place and gently place a rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid to restrict its blood flow. This will cause the hemorrhoid to shrivel up and fall off within a few days and typically during a normal bowel movement without notice.
With this quick procedure, patients experience minimal, if any, discomfort. After the banding procedure is over, you may feel the need to have a bowel movement or experience a feeling of fullness in your lower abdomen. To minimize any discomfort, Dr. Chung typically limits banding to one or two hemorrhoids at a time. Patients with multiple hemorrhoids may require more than one visit.
Risks of Hemorrhoid Banding
Rubber band ligation for hemorrhoids is safe. Complications are rare but can include bleeding from the anus, infection in the anal area, pain and swelling at the treatment site. To reduce the risk of complications, it’s important to refrain from demanding physical activity immediately following your treatment.
Are you a Candidate for Hemorrhoid Banding
If you would like to discuss if hemorrhoid banding is right for you, please contact Dr. Chung’s office in Santa Ana at (714) 988-8690 to request a consult with one of our doctors.