Rubber band ligation is an effective treatment for internal hemorrhoids. A doctor places a small rubber band around the hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply, and after a few days, it falls off. Internal hemorrhoids also can be treated and destroyed with chemical injections, and doctors may use surgical staples used as part of a procedure to cut away internal hemorrhoidal tissue or to shrink external hemorrhoids.
Other treatments include the use of heat or electrotherapy to resolve the hemorrhoid. Prolapsed or large hemorrhoids may need to be surgically removed (hemorrhoidectomy).