Hemorrhoid Banding

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What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower rectum and anus caused by increased pressure or straining, typically due to constipation, pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, heavy lifting, long periods of sitting, or diarrhea. Hemorrhoids can cause pain, itching, bleeding, burning, blood clots, and infection if left untreated. They are common in both men and women.

In Western countries, hemorrhoids due to constipation are associated with diets low in fiber and high in fat. After age 30, the incidence of hemorrhoids increases, and by age 50, about half of the population will have experienced them.

Hemorrhoid Treatment

Treating hemorrhoids with creams and suppositories provides temporary relief for symptoms such as pain and itching. They cannot shrink the hemorrhoid, stop it from growing larger or make it go away. In the past, chronic hemorrhoid sufferers had to resort to surgery for relief when treating symptoms was not enough.

Today, a procedure called the CRH-O'Regan Disposable Hemorrhoid Banding System has all but eliminated the need for surgery. Hemorrhoid Banding allows patients to be treated quickly and resume normal activity with very little discomfort. Most patients with office jobs find they can return to work the same day.

Our physicians have performed thousands of rubber band ligations on patients. It is the most frequently used non-surgical treatment for hemorrhoids in the world.

What to Expect from the CRH-O'Regan Disposable Hemorrhoid Banding System

The CRH O'Regan method - unlike traditional banding techniques - uses a gentle suction device that reduces the risk of pain and bleeding. The doctor will place a small rubber band at the base of the swollen vein to strangle it, which cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid. This causes the banded tissue to shrink and fall off, along with the rubber band. Typically, this happens within a few days after your appointment during a routine trip to the toilet, and you may not even notice when it happens.

The treatment itself takes less than five minutes and can be performed in one of the Dayton Gastroenterology offices or endoscopy centers. The band placement is relatively painless due to this refined technique, and it does not require anesthesia or other numbing agents.

You may experience a dull ache or sense of fullness in the rectum within the first 24 hours, but this can generally be relieved by over-the-counter pain medication. Some patients may have a little bleeding, discomfort, and urine hesitancy, but these are considered minor complications. It's important that you refrain from rigorous activity immediately following your treatment to reduce the risk of any complications.

Our doctors perform one treatment per visit. Patients with multiple hemorrhoids may require two or three treatments, which are scheduled a few weeks apart.

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