How Effective Is Hemorrhoid Banding?

How Effective Is Hemorrhoid Banding?

Summary: Hemorrhoid banding is a simple procedure that blocks a hemorrhoid’s blood supply, causing it to fall off. Learn if this option may be right for you.

 

A large number of people will be diagnosed with hemorrhoids at some point in their life. Although the exact cause of hemorrhoids is often unknown, some of the risk factors for this condition include pregnancy, frequent constipation or diarrhea, repeated straining while having a bowel movement, and obesity. Even though they may be uncomfortable, hemorrhoids typically are not a serious concern and there are a number of effective treatment methods to remove them.

If you suffer from hemorrhoids, you can receive professional hemorrhoid treatment at Arizona Digestive Health. Our medical centers feature gastrointestinal specialists who have advanced expertise in treating hemorrhoids and additional GI conditions in Phoenix, AZ patients. The GI specialists at Arizona Digestive Health can provide information on the types of hemorrhoid removal procedures that may be recommended, including hemorrhoid banding.

Where are hemorrhoids located?

Hemorrhoids (also referred to as piles) are swollen or bulging blood vessels in the rectum or on the anus. Similar to varicose veins in the legs, hemorrhoids are commonly painful though most often nonthreatening. Hemorrhoids can be located internally or externally. Internal hemorrhoids, those positioned inside the rectum, commonly result in no pain or discomfort but could bleed in some instances. External hemorrhoids, which are located beneath the tissue surrounding the anus, tend to cause the most pain or discomfort. Should a blood clot occur in an external hemorrhoid, it becomes a thrombosed hemorrhoid and can lead to even further discomfort or pain. The signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids are as follows:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Blood in the stool
  • Itching or pain in the anus

Who is a good candidate for hemorrhoid banding?

Also called rubber band ligation, hemorrhoid banding is a minimally invasive treatment where a tiny elastic band is positioned around the base of the hemorrhoid. The small band cuts off the hemorrhoid’s blood flow and within about a week, the hemorrhoid typically withers and detaches. Those who are candidates for this procedure have internal hemorrhoids that bleed, or induce major discomfort, and who have not been able to reduce their symptoms with other methods, such as changes in lifestyle or nonprescription medication. Hemorrhoid banding might not be ideal for adults with an allergy to latex, inflammatory bowel disease, bleeding disorders, or rectal cancer.

What is the hemorrhoid ligation process?

The skilled specialists at Arizona Digestive Health often perform hemorrhoid banding for Phoenix, AZ adults. The gastrointestinal specialist inserts a scope into the anus and uses a device to grasp the hemorrhoid before wrapping a tiny band around its base. This treatment is usually performed for one hemorrhoid at a time except in instances where the person is under general anesthesia. Advanced expertise allows this treatment to be relatively pain-free for the patient, even in the absence of an anesthetic. However, many people will have a sensation of fullness in the rectum over the next day. Once the hemorrhoid is addressed, it typically takes several days for it and the ligature to come off, often while the patient is using the bathroom. Some individuals do not even realize when this occurs.

How effective is hemorrhoid banding treatment?

Hemorrhoid banding is regarded to be more successful than a number of other hemorrhoid treatment options. This procedure is significantly less extensive than a surgical approach and only takes around ten minutes when performed at Arizona Digestive Health. Approximately eight out of every ten people who undergo rubber band ligation for hemorrhoids will need no further treatment. Hemorrhoids removed with rubber band ligation are substantially less likely to grow back.

Learn more about hemorrhoid banding in Phoenix, AZ

Many people who have hemorrhoids feel self-conscious about getting professional care. Hemorrhoid banding is a simple, nonsurgical procedure that has provided relief and comfort to numerous patients. To meet with a GI doctor in Phoenix, AZ and learn more about hemorrhoid banding or other treatment options, contact Arizona Digestive Health today.

 

When Should I Have My First Colonoscopy?

When Should I Have My First Colonoscopy?

Summary: Colorectal screenings are the best method for diagnosing and preventing cancer and other GI diseases. Learn when to schedule an initial colonoscopy.

 

Among the most effective ways of protecting your health against or detecting colorectal cancer early is having routine colon screenings. However, just over 50% of adults who are eligible have not undergone an initial colonoscopy. People who have an average risk of developing colon cancer should begin routine screenings when they turn 45, as recommended by the American Cancer Society (ACS).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people in the United States are not having their colon cancer screenings as recommended, lowering the opportunity for early identification. The expert gastroenterologists at Arizona Digestive Health routinely perform colonoscopy procedures for Phoenix, AZ patients. To determine whether you qualify for an initial colonoscopy screening, contact the team at Arizona Digestive Health and book an appointment.

What is a colonoscopy test?

A colonoscopy is a form of colon and rectal cancer examination that involves a narrow, bendable scope containing a tiny camera. It is positioned through the rectum and then into the colon by an Arizona Digestive Health GI specialist to check for polyps or other abnormal tissue that may be present. If anything out of the ordinary is found, it often can be taken off via the scope and tested for cancer. Individuals are given a safe, rapid-acting sedative prior to the screening to allow them to sleep comfortably throughout the procedure.

What is recovery like after undergoing a colonoscopy test?

Once your first colonoscopy screening is finished and you awaken from the anesthesia, our Phoenix, AZ gastrointestinal team will discuss any discoveries or the need for additional tests with you. If we do find an issue that requires further analysis, we will devise a treatment program individualized for your unique concerns. We strongly suggest that you have a friend or relative escort you home following your procedure. Once the effects of the sedative have passed, you should find yourself able to perform normal daily activities and resume your regular diet within 24 hours. In certain instances, patients experience a few mild aftereffects for a few days, such as cramping, bloating, and excess gas. If you are affected by extreme discomfort, fever, or bleeding, please seek medical care immediately.

How often should I receive a colonoscopy?

Medical experts recommend that patients who have an average risk of getting colorectal cancer start receiving colonoscopy screenings at age 45. Additional colorectal cancer evaluations should take place at ten-year intervals up through 75 years of age. Following age 75, every person should consult their GI practitioner regarding screening procedures that best suit their medical needs.

Why else should I have routine colon screenings?

In addition to detecting early colorectal cancer, colonoscopy screenings can also help doctors determine the potential reasons for other digestive issues, such as chronic bowel movement changes (loose stools and/or constipation), bleeding and anemia, hemorrhoids, reasons for abdominal/anorectal pain, and abrupt or unintentional weight loss. The highly skilled gastrointestinal specialists at Arizona Digestive Health offer the latest in advanced techniques and therapies to diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases impacting GI health.

Where can I set up my initial colonoscopy in Phoenix, AZ?

Periodic colon and rectal cancer screenings are the best option for diagnosing this GI disease. If you are over the age of 45 and have an average risk of colon or rectal cancer, we encourage you to arrange for your first colonoscopy at Arizona Digestive Health. Contact our friendly team today to book a colonoscopy consultation with one of our Phoenix, AZ gastroenterologists.