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Treatment: Banding Haemorrhoids

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.

During the procedure

Using a short tube called a proctoscope, the doctor first grasps the haemorrhoid with forceps and then attaches a rubber band around the base using a banding instrument.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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