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What type of hemorrhoid treatment is rubber-band ligation?

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Your doctor will take a tiny rubber band (only a few millimeters wide) and put it over the base of an internal hemorrhoid to cut off the flow of blood. The hemorrhoid usually shrinks and falls off (along with the band) in about a week.

If you have several hemorrhoids, you may need to have this done every few weeks. This treatment can be painful and cause bleeding. More rarely, it also may cause blood clots or infections.

Hemorrhoids treated this way are less likely to come back than with other treatments.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Hemorrhoids: Diagnosis and treatment.”

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care: “Enlarged hemorrhoids: What procedures can be done?”

UCSF Center for Colorectal Surgery: “Hemorrhoids.”

Albuquerque, A. September 2016. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 14, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Hemorrhoids: Diagnosis and treatment.”

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care: “Enlarged hemorrhoids: What procedures can be done?”

UCSF Center for Colorectal Surgery: “Hemorrhoids.”

Albuquerque, A. September 2016. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 14, 2017

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