What is Hemorrhoid Banding?

Hemorrhoid banding, or hemorrhoid ligation, is a procedure to remove hemorrhoids by putting tight bands around the swollen veins in the lower rectum and anus. The procedure, also known as the CRH O’Regan System, uses disposable bands that cut off the blood supply to hemorrhoids.

Benefits & Risks

Hemorrhoid banding is useful in treating problems associated with hemorrhoids, such as bleeding, fecal soiling, and ongoing pain and discomfort.

This procedure offers patients a permanent and painless solution to the discomfort and recovery time associated with other removal options. Much less invasive than hemorrhoidectomy surgery, hemorrhoid banding is a simple process that can be performed in a doctor’s office in just minutes with little discomfort and most patients returning to work the same day. Serious complications from this procedure are uncommon. Some side effects may include urine hesitancy, slight bleeding, or slight discomfort. Your physician will address any concerns you may have prior to the procedure.

What to Expect

During the hemorrhoid banding procedure, your doctor will place a small rubber band over the hemorrhoid. There are usually three banding sessions required at two-week intervals. It is a safe and painless procedure in which the hemorrhoid is tied off at the base, cutting off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid, causing it to shrink and fall off in 3-7 days. Most patients require three treatments, each done at a brief office visit.