Hemorrhoid Banding Treatments
Hemorrhoid treatment is close at hand. The Utah Hemorrhoid Center is Utah’s guide to hemorrhoids and their safe removal. Here, you’ll find comprehensive information, illustrations, and video resources to guide you through getting permanent relief from hemorrhoids. Granite Peaks was the first hemorrhoid clinic to offer hemorrhoid banding in Utah. With hemorrhoid treatment offices up and down the Wasatch Front, the physicians at Granite Peaks Gastroenterology are Utah’s trusted hemorrhoid doctors for to diagnose and treat hemorrhoids.
END YOUR HEMORRHOID SYMPTOMS IN JUST 60 SECONDS WITH HEMORRHOID BANDING
During the brief and painless hemorrhoid treatment procedure, called hemorrhoid banding, a small band is placed around the base of the hemorrhoid in an area where there are few pain-sensitive nerve endings. The result of banding is no more hemorrhoid, all fast enough to do on your lunch break.
WHAT ARE HEMORRHOIDS?
Hemorrhoids are very common. They occur in both men and women, and affect half of all people by age 50.
There are several reasons people develop hemorrhoids, including advanced age, constipation and straining, diarrhea, pregnancy and childbirth, prolonged sitting, obesity, and heavy lifting. Hemorrhoids do not cause severe health problems, but they can be annoying and uncomfortable. Telling your doctor about them can seem embarrassing and stressful, but you don’t have to suffer in silence. The sooner you talk to your doctor about your symptoms and get treated, the better your quality of life will be.
TYPES OF HEMORRHOIDS
Hemorrhoids are painful and embarrassing, and may become a recurring condition for susceptible individuals. When faced with the discomfort of hemorrhoids, the first step to healing is determining what type of hemorrhoids you are dealing with. There are two main types of hemorrhoids or “piles” — internal or external.
Internal Hemorrhoids: These occur inside the body in the lower rectum above the dentate line. Although these types of hemorrhoids cannot be seen, they can be felt. They are less painful than external hemorrhoids, but still may be felt by an internal itching, small amount of blood or a feeling of fullness after a bowel movement.
Internal hemorrhoids can be pushed through the anal opening, but these are not the same as external hemorrhoids — they are referred to as prolapsing hemorrhoids. In some cases, prolapsing hemorrhoids will reduce spontaneously on their own, otherwise they may need to be manually reduced by your doctor. Generally, treating the internal hemorrhoids will reduce and eliminate prolapsing hemorrhoids as well.
External Hemorrhoids: External hemorrhoids are much more painful and sensitive when compared with internal hemorrhoids. These visible lumps or bulges around the anus are especially painful when sitting, and may lead to bleeding and itching. Because the nerve endings around the anus are so sensitive, external hemorrhoids can be excruciatingly painful. However, they are often misdiagnosed and mistreated without seeing a doctor.
Most common, a prolapsing internal hemorrhoid, or a skin tag can be mistaken as an external hemorrhoid. While they may look similar, they are treated differently, and should be examined by a professional. Because of the common misunderstandings surrounding internal vs. external hemorrhoids, it is important to see a doctor anytime you are experiencing discomfort. Most patients who have external discomfort find relief by treating internal issues.
WHAT ARE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF HEMORRHOIDS?
You should definitely see a doctor if you have rectal bleeding, even if it is just a small amount on the toilet tissue. Even though hemorrhoids are one of the most common causes of bleeding, other more serious bowel conditions can bleed as well. The most common symptoms caused by hemorrhoids include:
HEMORRHOID BANDING TREATMENT
When you are suffering from hemorrhoids, treatment can offer relief — often more quickly and painlessly than you would think.
If you experience the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids, you’re not alone. About 50% of Americans will have hemorrhoids at some point in their lifetime.* Often, by the time these people seek a doctor’s help, they really need it. But this doesn’t mean you need hemorrhoid surgery. In fact, surgical treatment is inappropriate for most hemorrhoids — especially when you take into account the inherent risks, pain and downtime. Treatment is required, however, because your hemorrhoids will return without it, and they will worsen over time.
*American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons
THE STANDARD OF CARE FOR HEMORRHOID TREATMENT
Today, the most common treatment is rubber-band ligation, or hemorrhoid banding. In fact, while banding isn’t surgery at all, it is the most common “surgical” procedure for hemorrhoids. Roughly 50 million hemorrhoid banding procedures are performed each year. Ligation treats more than 95% of all hemorrhoids. It’s as effective as surgical removal, and it’s both safer and easier on you. Many consider banding the best treatment for hemorrhoids.
PROTECTING YOUR COMFORT, SAFETY & HEALTH
Granite Peaks Gastroenterology is the Salt Lake Valley’s first GI practice to offer hemorrhoid banding. Our ligation system cuts off the hemorrhoid’s blood supply more quickly, comfortably, and accurately than other methods. There is significantly less post-procedure pain and bleeding than surgery, and studies show excellent long-term results.
GET PERMANENT RELIEF FROM HEMORRHOIDS WITH BANDING
The device we use for the hemorrhoid banding procedure gives us increased control of the suction needed to grasp the hemorrhoidal tissue. The device itself is smaller and more comfortable than other devices, so your hemorrhoids are banded with unprecedented safety and ease.
“Banding,’ or placing a rubber band around the base of a symptomatic hemorrhoid, is the most common and effective non-surgical hemorrhoid removal treatment in use today. Over-the-counter remedies only treat symptoms, not the underlying problem. In our practice, we have taken banding to a new level of excellence. We utilize the CRH O’Regan System®, which is smaller and more comfortable for patients. It also uses a gentle suction instead of metal toothed forceps to grasp the hemorrhoid. This reduces the risk of pain and bleeding. Because the device is 100% disposable and designed to be used only once, the risk for cross-patient infection associated with inadequately sterilized conventional equipment is eliminated.
The banded tissue typically falls off within a few days, and most patients have no significant post-procedure pain. Performed in as little as 60 seconds, the banding technique has been found to be extremely effective. You don’t need to take any prep, undergo sedation or miss work. You can even drive yourself to and from the appointment.
For more information about how banding hemorrhoids can free you from hemorrhoid pain and discomfort, call us today. We have offices in Salt Lake and Utah Counties to conveniently serve you.
COMPARE HEMORRHOID TREATMENTS
CRH O’REGAN SYSTEM
No prep is needed prior to the procedure. You may want to curtail athletic activity for the remainder of the day after the procedure, but many people find they can return to office jobs and simple tasks immediately afterwards. Discuss your activity level with your specialist.
The banding procedure works by cutting off the blood supply to the banded tissue, and causing the surrounding hemorrhoid tissue to scar back in place. This scarring process eliminates the cause of the problems in patients. In order to maintain the highest level of safety, hemorrhoids are treated one appointment at a time.
There are three sites where hemorrhoids form frequently, and most patients require three separate treatment sessions. Some patients may require a subsequent skin tag removal and a very small number (1 – 2%) may have hemorrhoids that are too advanced for rubber band ligation techniques alone.
HEMORRHOID BANDING RECOVERY
You will not need someone to drive you home after the procedure.
You may find the use of an over-the-counter pain medication helpful following the procedure.
The risks and side effects of hemorrhoid banding are rare. However, if you experience any of the following you should call our office.
-Severe pain that does not go away
-Bleeding from the anus
-Inability to pass urine
-Any signs of infection in the anal area
You may notice a feeling of fullness in the rectal area, or have the feeling that you need to move your bowels. This typically improves within a few hours and normally does not require any medication, but it should respond to Tylenol (acetaminophen), Motrin (ibuprofen), or other over the counter medications, if required. You should NOT feel any pain or any type of “pinching” sensation after the procedure — if you do, please let your doctor know immediately in the office. This pain can typically be remedied by “loosening” the band that was applied.
Following the procedure, avoid strenuous activities for the rest of the day, and resume full activity the next day. A sitz bath (soaking in a warm tub) or bidet is useful for cleansing the area.
To avoid constipation, take two tablespoons of natural wheat bran, natural oat bran, flax, Benefiber (wheat dextrin), Metamucil (psyllium) or any other over-the-counter fiber supplement with 7-8 (12oz) glasses of water per day. If any of the above supplements cause significant bloating or gas, a synthetic supplement such as Citrucel may be taken.
Unless you have been prescribed anorectal medication, do not put anything inside your rectum for two weeks after treatment. For a few days after each treatment, try not to stay seated for more than 2 – 3 hours at a time.
If you are traveling during this time, take your fiber supplement with you along with plenty of water. Avoid alcohol on the flight as this tends to cause dehydration. If traveling by plane, it is best to stand up and walk around for a few minutes every hour as well.
One of the main ways to prevent hemorrhoids is to avoid becoming constipated. You should have a bowel movement at least every one to two days. The best way to do this is to drink plenty of water (about eight glasses per day) and eat plenty of fiber — commonly found in fruits and vegetables. You should get about 30 grams of fiber each day. A daily fiber supplement such as Metamucil, Citrucel, or Benefiber can be very helpful. You should also avoid straining when going to the bathroom. A general rule is not to sit on the toilet longer than 3 minutes. lf you can’t go within 3 minutes, get up and try again later.