Also known as The Rubber Band Ligation Hemorrhoid Surgery

Prolapsed hemorrhoids can be treated with Rubber Band Ligation surgery, provided they are not beyond the point of returning inside of their own accord. In other words, the hemorrhoids only show themselves for brief amounts of time.

Hemorrhoids banding is also good for internal hemorrhoids that do not show themselves, but which may cause other problems, such as bleeding.

For hemorrhoids banding to work, the hemorrhoids need to be of medium size – small hemorrhoids are unable to be banded, while big hemorrhoids resist this treatment very well.

This video shows what it looks like to the doctor to use banding ligation. The doctor identifies where the internal hemorrhoids are and then sucks them into the ‘view finder’, a rubber band is then released down the outside of the view finder and bites into the base of the hemorrhoid, cutting off its life giving blood supply. This is done for each and every hemorrhoid that is found.

Our page on hemorrhoids surgery can give you the other surgical options, but, if you are interested, there are a few commercial products for hemorrhoids that can bring relief, healing and cure.


The Banding Hemorrhoid Surgery – How it is Done

Understanding the hemorrhoids banding tool

Rubber band ligation uses a special implement, which, simplistically, is a tube.  The tube holds a tiny elastic band which is very stretched, but held in place by a trigger.  When the trigger is pulled, the elastic band “fires” down the outside of the tube and comes off ( onto the base of the hemorrhoid ) .


How the Hemorrhoid Banding tool is used

The hemorrhoids banding implement is inserted into the anal canal. Once the hemorrhoid or hemorrhoids cluster is viewed, it is fully inserted into, and clasped by the banding implement.  The rubber band is released from around the tool to bite onto the base of the hemorrhoid. The doctor or surgeon will continue to do this until all the hermoids are banded.

From memory, the anal opening is expanded and held open by another tool, which allows the hemorrhoids banding tool to be inserted, moved about, taken out and reloaded without you feeling this all that much.

What you do during the hemorrhoids banding?  What do you experience?

Hemorrhoids banding is all done without anesthetic, while you are laying on your side, with your knees pulled as high as you can pull them. There is normally no or very little pain involved with this hemorrhoid surgery, just much discomfort.  You experience the rubber band being fired, but not really pain.


What Does Hemorrhoids Banding Do?

The rubber band ligation surgery causes the hemorrhoids to whither and die, as the elastic band normally strangles the hemorrhoid or hemorrhoids cluster from it’s blood supply and, within a week, or there about’s, the hemorrhoids are passed out in the stool undetected. I think hemorrhoids banding is one of the easiest of the hemorrhoid surgeries.

This hemorrhoids surgery also has the advantage that the body is normally left basically undamaged, therefore it doesn’t normally require a long recovery period.


After the Hemorrhoids banding – Side effects and recovery.

Some Hemorrhoids Banding Side Effects

My big negatives about the hemorrhoids banding, for my hemorrhoids anyway, was the strong feeling of discomfort and the hemorrhoid banding also left me feeling I had a bowel motion to pass, these symptoms lasted for several days. Not really pain, just massive discomfort.

I was very glad, after having the hemorrhoids banding, that I wasn’t working for those few days.

Another side effect of hemorrhoids banding that I experienced, was a thrombosed hemorrhoid – thrombosed hemorrhoids and my experience with one are discussed on another of my pages.


Recovery Time following a Hemorrhoids Banding Operation

The recovery time following a hemorrhoid banding is normally one to three or four days, week at the most, unless something goes wrong.



As an update on me and my hemorrhoid banding’s surgery, I have had no trouble with hemorrhoids for many months now.  As of 2008, I can now say years. For me, the hemorrhoid banding surgery has worked well and I follow the information on my causes and prevention page, as well as use some hemorrhoid remedies to hopefully strengthen my blood vessels and doing the right things, such as high fiber diet and water.


Hemorrhoids Banding – Failure rate and relapse.

Failure Rate

Provided the hemorrhoids are not too big nor small, the hemorrhoids banding will work completely for the vast majority, close to 100%.



Do the right things and you probably wont get the hemorrhoids returning.  The hemorrhoids banding I mention about myself above, also included my second attempt, the first hemorrhoids banding got rid of my hemorrhoids and I remained hemorrhoid free for some time, but I didn’t do the right things, with diet in particular and paid the price.

Second time round the surgeon reckoned the banding was unlikely to go well, but with high fiber and so on, the hemorrhoid banding appears to be my last operation and I believe I am now hemorrhoid free.  Quite remarkable, as the last hemorrhoid banding didn’t kill them all off – many of my hemorrhoids were too big at the time and my anal tissue incidentally was very weakened and likely to give rise to more hemorrhoids.

So doing the right thing, made the hemorrhoids banding work for me, even though I was suppose to be beyond the help of hemorrhoids banding operations.

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