HAEMORRHOIDS BANDING is a medical procedure regularly performed in outpatient clinics for treatment of grade two and three haemorrhoids.
(Grade one haemorrhoids are small swellings on the inside lining of the back passage which cannot be seen or felt from outside the anus, which in some people enlarge further. Grades two and three haemorrhoids are progressively larger and may prolapse (be partially pushed out) from the anus when you go to the toilet and progressively less easy to push back inside again. Grade 4 are permanently prolapsed and may require surgery.)
During the procedure your surgeon grasps the haemorrhoids with forceps, or a suction device, and places a rubber band at the base of the haemorrhoids. This cuts off the blood supply to the haemorrhoids which then shrivels, dropping off after a few days. There is usually some scar tissue at the base of the haemorrhoids.
Is usually painless as the base of the haemorrhoids is in the part of the gut lining which is not sensitive to pain
Can treat up to three haemorrhoids in one session
Fixes the haemorrhoids problem in 80% of cases
Can be repeated if a haemorrhoids recurs
Does not work in a small number of cases
Note: Haemorrhoids are less likely to recur if you do not become constipated and do not strain on the toilet.