What is Hemorrhoidal Banding?

About half of the population will experience hemorrhoids after the age of 50. Hemorrhoidal banding is a minimally invasive procedure in which an internal hemorrhoid is tied off with rubber bands, cutting off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid. In most cases, this procedure provides long-lasting results, with hemorrhoids not likely to recur after they have been banded. 

The CRH O’Regan System is used at DHC to treat painful and uncomfortable hemorrhoids in NJ. Unlike other treatment methods, it does not require fasting, sedation, or post-procedure care, and it completely removes hemorrhoid symptoms. Additionally, significant pain is NOT a problem. Moreover, the treatment takes fewer than 10 minutes per session and typically eliminates hemorrhoids in about 80 to 90% of patients. 99% of patients will benefit from hemorrhoidal banding. If your hemorrhoids are causing itching, pain, or bleeding, your doctor at DHC may suggest hemorrhoidal banding as a quick and easy treatment method for this common condition. 

Why is Hemorrhoidal Banding Performed?

Hemorrhoids can often be treated with home remedies such as a high-fiber diet, cold compresses, and sitz baths. Your gastroenterologist at Digestive Healthcare Center (DHC) may recommend the procedure if your hemorrhoid(s) do not respond to home treatment methods or cause painful or uncomfortable symptoms. Hemorrhoidal banding is only a treatment option for internal hemorrhoids, not external hemorrhoids. Symptoms that may prompt your physician to consider hemorrhoidal banding include:

  • Profuse bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Protrusion of hemorrhoids outside the anus (prolapsed hemorrhoids)

How Should I Prepare for Hemorrhoidal Banding?

Before your hemorrhoidal banding procedure, you should talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking. They will let you know if you should stop taking any of your medications in the days leading up to your appointment. Since we utilize the CRH O’Regan System for hemorrhoidal banding at DHC, there is no fasting required before the procedure. Hemorrhoidal banding at DHC is performed without sedation, but you may want to ask a family member or friend to stay with you for a day or two afterward so you can avoid straining and overexertion.

Procedure Prep Instructions

What Can I Expect During Hemorrhoidal Banding?

During this procedure, a disposable ligator is used to create a soft, gentle suction that pulls the appropriate tissue into it. One or two rubber bands can then be easily and painlessly placed around the base of the hemorrhoid to constrict blood flow, away from any pain-causing nerve endings. The procedure typically only takes a few minutes to complete, but the time needed will depend on the number of hemorrhoids present. Between one and two weeks later, the banded hemorrhoids will dry up and fall off during a bowel movement. In some cases, multiple treatments may be needed for the hemorrhoids to fully clear up. The CRH O’Regan System offers the safest, quickest, and most comfortable and effective solution for hemorrhoid patients. The physicians at Digestive Healthcare Center are highly skilled and well-qualified to safely and successfully treat this often painful condition.

What are the Possible Risks of Hemorrhoidal Banding?

Hemorrhoidal banding is a generally safe procedure that carries very few risks. Potential risks can include infection, excessive bleeding during bowel movements, or problems urinating. In most cases, patients may experience some discomfort for a few days after their appointment, which can include gas, abdominal pain, or constipation. Your doctor may recommend a laxative to prevent constipation and gas and to promote your recovery. It is also not uncommon to notice slight bleeding when using the bathroom for a few days after the procedure. Please contact our office if the bleeding continues for more than three days.

At DHC, we understand that hemorrhoid symptoms can be disruptive to your day and cause immense pain and discomfort. Our experienced team performs hemorrhoidal banding at all three of our NJ office locations, so you can have this simple procedure done wherever is most convenient for you:

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Hemorrhoids in New Jersey

Those seeking compassionate and comprehensive gastroenterology care in NJ will find relief at Digestive Healthcare Center. Our team of physicians works with patients to address a variety of digestive health conditions, diagnosing the problem and then formulating a personalized treatment plan. Along with seeing patients in our offices, we offer telemedicine appointments so you can meet with a DHC doctor from the comfort of your home. We want to help you get on track to more comfortable living – please contact us today to schedule an appointment.