What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, commonly known as piles, are swollen veins in the lower rectum similar to varicose veins. The two main types of hemorrhoids are internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids develop within the rectum, while external hemorrhoids develop under the skin surrounding the anus.

Hemorrhoids are a common condition affecting many men and women at some point during their life, although they may be more likely with older age. Research has found approximately 50% of people will experience hemorrhoids by the age of 50.

Numerous factors and lifestyle habits may increase a person’s risk of developing hemorrhoids, including constipation, obesity, excess straining and a poor diet. Abnormal or irregular hemorrhoids also tend to be hereditary, meaning you may be more likely to develop them if you have a family history of them.

Uncomfortable or painful hemorrhoids can negatively impact a person’s daily life. Fortunately, treatment options are available.


What is hemorrhoid banding?

Hemorrhoid banding is an effective procedure where a band is placed at the base of an internal hemorrhoid to reduce the overall blood flow to the pile. In most cases, a hemorrhoid requires multiple banding sessions to be treated effectively. Within a few days of your final hemorrhoid banding treatment, the pile will naturally and painlessly fall off, typically during a bowel movement.


Some of the main benefits of hemorrhoid band ligation include:

  • Effectiveness: A hemorrhoid banding procedure is an innovative, effective treatment for internal hemorrhoids. Research has found rubber band ligation to be very effective, with a success rate of 98% of patients after 180 days. Hemorrhoid banding is typically performed on just one hemorrhoidat a time, focusing on improving the symptoms of the most severe hemorrhoids first.

  • Quick procedure times: It takes about 5 minutes to perform the procedure.

  • Minimal pain: Rubber band ligation is an innovative treatment that does not require painful incisions or an uncomfortable recovery period. Depending on the type of hemorrhoid banding procedure, you may experience minimal to no pain at all.

  • The prevention of regrowth: Hemorrhoid banding can remove an internal hemorrhoid, causing a small scar to form in this area. This small, harmless scar tissue helps prevent a hemorrhoid from developing in the same spot again. Hemorrhoid banding can achieve long-lasting results and help patients find permanent relief. Click here to learn more about hemorrhoids and ways to treat them.