Hemorrhoid Banding in Illinois

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What is hemorrhoid banding?

Swollen veins located in the lower rectum or anus are called hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids can be found internally within the rectum or externally on the anus. When the vein walls of the rectum or anus become thin, the veins can start to enlarge and protrude. Some hemorrhoids that have developed blood clots, thrombosed hemorrhoids, can cause pain and may need to be removed. Internal hemorrhoids that are causing excessive pain or other health issues can be removed through hemorrhoid banding. The providers at GI Alliance of Illinois regularly use hemorrhoid banding, also known as rubber band ligation, to assist patients in Chicago, IL Peoria, IL, and Normal, IL, dealing with the discomfort of hemorrhoids. If you are struggling with painful hemorrhoids, request a consultation with a GI Alliance of Illinois provider near you to discuss hemorrhoid banding or other possible treatment options.

What are the benefits of hemorrhoid banding?

If you have hemorrhoids, you presumably have experienced the symptoms that go along with them, such as pain, itching, and bloody bowel movements. Hemorrhoid banding at GI Alliance of Illinois may be an ideal treatment option for various reasons. Some of the benefits of hemorrhoid banding are:

  • Nonsurgical process: Since this is a nonsurgical procedure, you should not have to worry about surgical complications or a long recovery. Hemorrhoid banding is safe and allows you to resume your normal routine quickly.
  • Longer-lasting than alternative methods: While at-home solutions (such as baths, topical creams, or medicated pads) may treat small hemorrhoids, options such as these generally just address hemorrhoid symptoms and not the actual cause. Hemorrhoid banding provides longer-lasting results.
  • Nearly painless: While you may encounter slight discomfort during hemorrhoid banding, you should not notice any pain as the hemorrhoid shrinks and detaches.

How is hemorrhoid banding performed?

Hemorrhoid banding is generally used to treat 1 – 2 hemorrhoids at a time. The patient will need to be placed under anesthesia if more than two hemorrhoids will be treated in one procedure. During the procedure, an anoscope will be placed into the anus and the provider will secure the hemorrhoid while a band is placed around its base. This band will cut off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid, which will allow the hemorrhoid to shrink and die over time. A scar will form where the hemorrhoid once was, preventing further hemorrhoids from developing in the area. Please contact a GI Alliance of Illinois provider near you for more information on hemorrhoid banding and to discuss its benefits.

What happens after a hemorrhoid banding procedure?

Every patient is different and recovery after hemorrhoid banding can vary. Some patients will need a few days of bed rest to recover, while others will feel well enough to return to their normal routine immediately after the procedure. You will receive instructions on aftercare from your GI Alliance of Illinois provider that will help you in your recovery. These instructions may be specific to your health care needs, but will generally include eating a diet high in fiber to help with bowel movements and drinking plenty of fluids. It is also important to avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or aspirin, for four days before or after the procedure to reduce the risk of bleeding.

Since every patient's recovery is unique, it is always best to request a consultation with your GI Alliance of Illinois provider to discuss exactly what you can expect during your hemorrhoid banding recovery.

A nonsurgical approach to hemorrhoid treatment

If you are suffering from the frustration and discomfort of hemorrhoids, the specialists at GI Alliance of Illinois can help with hemorrhoid banding. This nonsurgical solution to painful hemorrhoids has been performed on many patients in Illinois to help end their uncomfortable symptoms and help them find relief. Don't suffer from your hemorrhoids another minute, request a consultation at a GI Alliance of Illinois location near you.



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What is the necessary prep for hemorrhoid banding?

In most cases, there isn’t anything you need to do to prepare for hemorrhoid banding. Your provider will most likely go over any prescribed and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use, so it can be helpful to have those written down. Following your procedure, you may want to have a family member or friend available to help with daily tasks to reduce the risk of strain. Additionally, it is paramount to follow any pre- and post-treatment instructions given to you by our GI Alliance of Illinois team.

Is hemorrhoid banding a safe procedure?

As with many procedures, there is a minor risk connected with hemorrhoid banding, such as recurring hemorrhoids, bleeding, and infection. However, our skilled GI specialists take steps to minimize these risks. We will also work closely with you to help set you up for success during recovery.

Can I go back to work after a hemorrhoid banding procedure?

In many cases, it is fine to go to work after your procedure. Our doctors suggest you avoid intense labor on the day of your hemorrhoid banding. However, if you have an office job, you can usually resume work following the procedure.

Is hemorrhoid banding uncomfortable?

Your doctor’s goal is to help you be as comfortable as possible during your procedure. We will utilize a local anesthetic to minimize any pain you might experience, but you may still have minor discomfort during and after your procedure.

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