Piles Banding or Hemorrhoid banding is an outpatient treatment procedure used for removing hemorrhoids.
The rubber bands tighten and cut off the blood supply to the piles. Over the next few weeks, the poles then shrivel up, hopefully leading to an improvement in your symptoms.
The procedure takes only a few minutes. Tiny rubber bands are placed inside the back passage above the piles.
Immediately after the banding there may be a sensation of needing to have your bowels open. This is normal – do not worry. It then fades to a mild discomfort or ache lasting a couple of days. You may feel a little lightheaded shortly after the procedure. It is usually advisable to sit quietly to let things settle down for 20 to 30 minutes before driving or catching public transport in case you feel faint. Over the next few days you may take some mild pain relief, as you would normally take for a headache, such as paracetamol to help with any discomfort. After 7 to 10 days the tissue in the band falls away. You may get some dark red bleeding from the back passage at this stage. This is normal – do not worry.