Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal, at the end of your gastrointestinal tract. Internal hemorrhoids are veins that are swollen and inside the canal, while external hemorrhoids occur when the veins that swell are near the anus. They are more likely when you strain to go to the bathroom. Symptoms include bleeding when you have bowel movements, itching, and pain in the area. While hemorrhoids are painful, they are not usually dangerous.
Hemorrhoid banding is a quick and painless procedure that does not require surgery. It is a fixative procedure, which can only be used to get rid of internal hemorrhoids. The purpose is to cut off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid so it goes away.
The doctor ties a rubber band above the hemorrhoid. This doesn’t hurt because there are not many nerve endings in this portion of your gastrointestinal tract. Furthermore, instead of using a metal clamp, the doctor can use a suction device to lower the risk of bleeding. The hemorrhoid can fall off within a day, and you may not even notice when it does. If you have pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication following the procedure.
While fixative hemorrhoid treatment can be effective, the ideal situation is to avoid hemorrhoids in the first place. A variety of factors can increase your risk for hemorrhoids. Some of them are unavoidable. For example, your risk increases if you are over 50 years old, if you are pregnant, and if you have liver or heart disease.
However, you can take many steps to lower your risk for hemorrhoids. They include the following.
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