The side effects of hemorrhoid banding may not be widely known by majority of people, however, those who are dealing with painful hemorrhoids condition must be aware of them. Chances are the side effects would not make them change their minds on getting the procedure done. This is largely due to the fact that many hemorrhoids sufferers would simply think that any side effect that may come up following the procedure could be dealt with. As long as they could get major relief and would not have to deal with the pain, itchiness and other discomfort as a result of inflamed or aggravated hemorrhoids – the side effects would probably be worth it. But is it really the case?
If you are suffering from this condition and are desperate for relief, chances are you have been considering having rubber band ligation. We understand the struggle and desperation, but knowing how the treatment is done and understanding the side effects is not something you can skip. Keep reading so that you will be able to make an informed decision.
What is Rubber Band Ligation and how is it done?
Rubber Band Ligation is, indeed, not a new procedure to treat hemorrhoids. However, make no mistake for not every type of hemorrhoids can be treated using this procedure as Rubber Band Ligation is primarily used to treat internal hemorrhoids. To get this procedure done, doctor will insert an anoscope into the patient’s anus. This instrument is used to view the insides of problem area, and once it has been inserted and the hemorrhoid is located, the doctor will then insert an instrument to grasp the hemorrhoid, this device will strategically places a medical grade rubber band around the base of the patient’s hemorrhoid.
By tying off the base of the hemorrhoids, the blood flow leading up to the area will be blocked and cut off. When there is no blood flow, the hemorrhoid will then shrink and die in a period of time, typically a week, and then fall off. Once the hemorrhoid has fallen off, the scar will form in the place where hemorrhoid used to be, holding off veins so that they will not bulge and penetrate the canal of patient’s anal.
Side effects of the procedure and what to expect
This procedure may not be considered as a surgical procedure, but the fact that it is a non-surgical treatment does not necessarily mean it has no side effects and pain or discomfort. The level may vary, but pain and discomfort typically appear 24 to 48 hours after the procedure is done, but tylenol and sitz bath are generally enough to manage. When it comes to the side effects, as rare as they may be, the possibilities are still there – which is why it’s important for you to know:
- Bleeding from the anal cavity
- Urinary retention or inability to properly and regularly pass urine
- Severe pain which, in this case, does not respond to any of the prescribed pain relief and advised pain management method
- Anal infection
It is advised to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider when any of these side effects of hemorrhoid banding appear.