Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
The care team may meet with you to talk about:
Any allergies you may have
Current medicines, herbs, and supplements that you take and whether you need to stop taking them before the procedure
Whether you need a ride to and from the procedure
Local anesthesia may be used. The area will be numbed.
Description of the Procedure
An anoscope will be inserted through the anus. The doctor will look through the tube to see inside the rectum and locate the hemorrhoid. A special banding tool will be used. The tool will place a small rubber band around the hemorrhoid. The band cuts off the blood supply. More than one hemorrhoid may be banded.
How Long Will It Take?
This is a short procedure. How long it takes will depend on how many hemorrhoids need to be treated.
Will It Hurt?
Some people may have pain and swelling for a few days. Medicine care help
It is normal to have some problems controlling gas and bowel movements for a few days. It will take 1 to 2 weeks for the band and the hemorrhoid to fall off. Physical activity will be limited during this time.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Been passing large amounts of blood
Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
Pain that you cannot control with medicine
Problems passing stool or urine
An aching feeling between the rectum and the genitals
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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