Haemorrhoid Banding
 
 
 

Haemorrhoid Banding

 
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Haemorrhoid Banding — Highfields Gastroenterology in Port Macquarie, NSW
 
 
 
Haemorrhoid Banding is a medical procedure regularly performed in outpatient clinics for treatment of Grade 2 and Grade 3 haemorrhoids.

Grade 1 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 2 and 3 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 haemorrhoids 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.
 
This procedure:
 
 
  • 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.