Hemorrhoids (piles) are swollen or infected veins that develop at the anus or inside the lower part of the rectum. Pregnancy, obesity (significantly overweight), lifting heavy things, doing excessive exercise, and sitting for long periods are some of the main causes of hemorrhoids. The symptoms of hemorrhoids include bleeding, pain, discomfort, burning, and irritation during bowel movements. People in their 50s, mostly women, have a higher chance to get hemorrhoids than men. Most people usually tend to leave hemorrhoids without treatment. However, one should not leave large serious hemorrhoids without treatment as it can cause severe complications and also can be a symptom of cancer such as colon or anal cancer. Though there are many treatments available for hemorrhoids, rubber band hemorrhoid treatment has become one of the most commonly used and cost-effective treatments for hemorrhoids.
Here are a few things that can help you in preventing hemorrhoids:
- Drink a lot of water
- Eat foods or drink supplement that is high in fiber
- Avoid excessive exercise or workout
- Do not hold up bowel movements
- Stop sitting for long periods
- Avoid lifting heavy things or objects
Rubber-band ligation for hemorrhoids
Rubber-band ligation for hemorrhoids is a non-surgical and cost-effective procedure. This procedure helps in the treatment of internal hemorrhoids. Many people choose to go for rubber-band ligation over other treatments for hemorrhoids because in this procedure no major incision is made. Further, the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis means you can go home the same without needing to spend a night at the hospital. This also saves the charges of staying overnight at the hospital. In addition, this procedure is very simple and quick and also takes less effort to conduct.
During the procedure
The doctor will advocate anesthesia to numb the area to avoid any pain or discomfort during the procedure. The doctors use a special surgical rubber band and a special small device called the ligator in this procedure. The insertion of the ligation involves the use of a scope (a lighted tube) into the anal canal and the hemorrhoid is grapes with the help of forceps. The doctor then slides the ligator’s cylinder upward to release the rubber band. The band then tightens the base of the hemorrhoids. As a result, the rubber band helps to cut off the blood supply. Thus, the hemorrhoids will wither (become dry) and eventually fall off on their own. Although, it may leave behind some scars.
How long do hemorrhoids take to fall off after rubber band ligation treatment?
Generally, the rubber band used in this procedure causes the hemorrhoids to shrink. As a result, the hemorrhoids take 7 to 10 days to fall off after receiving rubber-band ligation treatment.
Is rubber-band ligation painful?
Rubber-band ligation is not painful because it is a non-surgical treatment. Besides, it requires no major incision.
How long does rubber-band ligation treatment take to recover?
Many people are able to return to their daily activities right after the procedure. But, some may still need to rest for at least 2 to 3 days. However, you still need to avoid holding bowel movements and lifting heavy things after the procedure.