Large or prolapsing haemorrhoids can be successfully treated by using a procedure called banding, in which a rubber band is placed around the base of the haemorrhoid. As a result, the haemorrhoid gradually shrinks over a period of several days and eventually drops off. Before the procedure, you may need a laxative to ensure that the rectum is empty. The procedure can be carried out in a doctor’s surgery and is usually painless. The treated area may be sore for a few days afterwards.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.