Hemorrhoid Banding in Tulsa, OK

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Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins in the lower anus or rectum. A hemorrhoid could form inside the rectum (internally) or outside, on the anus (externally). A hemorrhoid typically occurs anytime the walls of the veins in one's anus or rectum become so thin that the veins bulge or protrude. In some situations, a blood clot may develop inside the hemorrhoid (thrombosed hemorrhoid) and can cause discomfort.

If a hemorrhoid begins to become extremely painful or is the cause of additional health concerns, it could require removal. One technique commonly conducted to remove internal hemorrhoids is hemorrhoid banding, also known as rubber band ligation. If you are seeking information on hemorrhoid banding in Tulsa, OK we can help. At Adult Gastroenterology Associates, our physician-led group of gastrointestinal physicians frequently address hemorrhoids with hemorrhoid banding procedures.

What are the benefits of hemorrhoid banding?

If you have a hemorrhoid, you probably have felt some of the uncomfortable symptoms that go along with them, such as itching, pain, and blood in the stool. Hemorrhoid banding is a nonsurgical treatment offered at Adult Gastroenterology Associates that many of our patients opt to have for a variety of reasons. Some of the benefits of hemorrhoid banding procedures include:

  • Nearly painless: Though you may undergo minimal pain during your hemorrhoid banding procedure, it should not cause you discomfort as your hemorrhoid gets smaller and falls off.
  • Long-lasting: While at-home solutions, including topical cream, bath solutions, or medicated pads, might treat small hemorrhoids, they typically only address hemorrhoid symptoms and not the cause. Hemorrhoid banding treatment provides a longer-lasting solution.
  • Nonsurgical process: Since this is a nonsurgical treatment option, you won’t have to worry about any surgery difficulties or long recovery times. This procedure is safe and gets you quickly back to everyday life.

Hemorrhoid banding is a technique where the blood flow to the hemorrhoid is stopped by applying a rubber band at its base. Over time, the hemorrhoid will grow smaller, eventually healing. A scar will then form in the hemorrhoid's place, stopping surrounding veins from swelling or creating more hemorrhoids within the area.

Hemorrhoid banding is performed by placing an endoscope into the anus. The specialist then secures the hemorrhoid and uses a tool to position a band around the base of the hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoid banding is typically only used to treat one or two hemorrhoids at a time unless the individual is placed under anesthesia.

The recovery period and process post- hemorrhoid banding are different for everyone. Some people are well enough to return to regular activities almost immediately after the procedure. Other people need a few days of bed rest in order to recover. Pain is common for up to two days after hemorrhoid banding and bleeding could occur for up to 10 days following the procedure.

Our Adult Gastroenterology Associates locations will provide detailed aftercare instructions to follow once your hemorrhoid banding procedure is completed. To reduce the risk of bleeding, it is important to be sure not to take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for at least four days before and/or after the procedure. To minimize pressure in the rectum, it is suggested that you drink plenty of fluids and consume a high fiber diet to promote easy bowel movements.

Hemorrhoid banding in Tulsa, OK is a nonsurgical approach regularly performed by a board-certified gastroenterologist. Our GI providers have helped thousands of patients experience relief from hemorrhoid symptoms. If you or a loved one are struggling with hemorrhoids, we encourage you to contact your nearest Adult Gastroenterology Associates locations to learn more about hemorrhoid banding or to connect with a gastroenterology specialist.

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What is the necessary prep for hemorrhoid banding?

In general, there isn’t anything you’ll need to do to prepare for your hemorrhoid banding procedure. Your GI provider will ask about any medications and/or vitamins and supplements you take daily, so keep a record atop of your mind. Following your procedure, you should have someone you trust willing to take you home and help with daily tasks to avoid any strain as you recover. Additionally, it’s vital to abide by the pre- and post-treatment instructions given by your Adult Gastroenterology Associates provider.

Is hemorrhoid banding a safe process?

Similar to any other procedure, there’s a slight risk associated with hemorrhoid banding, including infection, recurring hemorrhoids, and bleeding. However, our gastroenterologists work diligently to minimize the risks. We make it our goal to ensure you have a successful recovery and beyond.

Will I be able to work after a hemorrhoid banding procedure?

Generally, you can work as normal after your procedure. Our GI specialists suggest you avoid physical activity on the day of your hemorrhoid banding procedure, so you may want to talk to your doctor about work if you have a strenuous job; however, those with an office job can usually return to work after hemorrhoid banding.

Will hemorrhoid banding cause pain?

Our main objective is to make you as comfortable as you can be. Your GI specialist will utilize local anesthetic to minimize pain, but you may notice a bit of discomfort as the hemorrhoid is banded.

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