If you experience anal itching, bleeding, swelling, or discomfort due to hemorrhoids, board-certified gastroenterologist Valli Kodali, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, and his expert team at Park Gastroenterology in Cary, North Carolina, can help. They offer hemorrhoid banding to get rid of hemorrhoids, reduce unpleasant symptoms, and improve your quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Hemorrhoid banding is a procedure that removes hemorrhoids, the swollen anal and lower rectal veins similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoid banding uses gentle suction to grasp a hemorrhoid and remove it, reducing the risk of bleeding and pain. Single-use bands are disposable, so the risk of cross-patient infection is zero.
Hemorrhoid banding works by cutting off the hemorrhoid’s blood supply, causing it to shrink and fall off within a few days. There’s no pain or downtime after hemorrhoid banding, which makes it a popular procedure.
To find out if you’re a candidate for hemorrhoid banding at Park Gastroenterology, Dr. Kodali discusses your symptoms and medical history. He completes a physical exam, including a visual inspection of the hemorrhoids, a digital rectal exam, and an exam using a flexible scope.
Before hemorrhoid banding, you might first try at-home treatments to see if the hemorrhoids go away on their own. Taking a 15-minute sitz bath three times a day and after bowel movements is one example. Others include increasing your fiber intake to avoid constipation, not straining during bowel movements, and not sitting for prolonged periods.
Symptoms often linked with hemorrhoids include:
At the first sign of painful hemorrhoids, see the Park Gastroenterology team for an evaluation.
During hemorrhoid banding, Dr. Kodali places small bands around the base of an internal hemorrhoid to cut off its circulation. The procedure is simple and virtually painless. It takes as little as 1-2 minutes to complete.
In about 99.8% of patients, treated hemorrhoids fall off within a day or two with little or no pain after the procedure. This banding procedure is about 99.1% effective for getting rid of hemorrhoids.
If you struggle with hemorrhoids that won’t go away on their own, call the Park Gastroenterology office or book an appointment online today.