Q What is Rubber Banding technique to
A special instrument
fits a small rubber band over part of the hemorrhoid. A tight rubber band stops
the blood flow into the pinched-off portion, which falls off in about a week.
This technique is widely used for hemorrhoids protruding into the anal canal.
For patients with a lesser
degree of prolapse, Rubber Band Ligation is currently the most widely used
procedure all over the world for treatment of internal hemorrhoids. In this
procedure, the hemorrhoidal tissue is pulled into a double sleeved cylinder to
allow the placement of latex/rubber bands around the tissue. (fig. 1) Overtime,
the tissue below the bands dies off and is eliminated during a bowel movement.
Rubber band ligation can be
performed as an out patient procedure and requires little preparation. Often,
however, there is the need for more than one procedure to resolve a patient's
condition. Rubber band ligation is most effective when combined with a
sclerotherapy injection for prolapse.