Hemorrhoid Banding

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CRH O’Regan System™  Non-Surgical Hemorrhoid Removal
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If you take a medication to thin your blood (such as Coumadin®, Plavix® or Lovenox®) and have not already discussed this with our office, please call us at 612-871-1145.
If you take aspirin, you may continue to do so.
If you are or may be pregnant, please discuss the risks and benefits of this procedure with your doctor.
If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call 612-871-1145 as soon as possible.


PREPARATION FOR HEMORRHOID BANDING
To ensure a successful exam, please follow all instructions carefully.

The day of your procedure:
• There are no dietary restrictions.
• Preparation is not required.
• •Bowel preparation such as laxatives or enemas is not required.
• Continue all medications as usual, except blood thinners, see above.


When you leave for your procedure:
• Bring a list of all of your current medications, including any allergy or over-the-counter medications.
• Bring a photo ID as well as up-to-date insurance information, such as your insurance card and any referral forms that might be required by your insurance company.
• Co-pays are required on the day of your appointment.

DESCRIPTION FOR HEMORRHOID BANDING
What is hemorrhoid banding?
Hemorrhoid banding is a safe, painless procedure in which the hemorrhoid is tied off at the base with a rubber band, cutting off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid causing it to shrink and fall off in 1-2 weeks. Most patients require 3 treatments, each done at a brief office visit. We recommend 4-8 weeks between treatments. Hemorrhoid banding is used to treat problems associated with hemorrhoids, such as bleeding and fecal soiling

What should I expect during the procedure?
The procedure will be performed at one of the offices of Minnesota Gastroenterology.  Your doctor will review your history and perform a digital (finger) rectal exam.  Then a short viewing instrument (anoscope) is placed into the anus.  The anoscope is removed, and then the smaller banding tube is placed into the rectum.   A small button of lining tissue is suctioned and the band placed over it.  There may be mild, dull discomfort resembling the urge to have a bowel movement after placement of the band, but there may be no discomfort at all.  Your doctor will ask you if you have a pinching sensation, and if so, the band is adjusted immediately.


What should I expect after the procedure?
There is sometimes some bleeding or discomfort.  Any uncomfortable sensation can usually be adjusted while you are still on the examination table. If you have any concerns, call us at 612-871-1145.

What are the possible complications associated with hemorrhoid banding?
Complications associated with this procedure are rare. However, if there is a substantial amount of bleeding, severe pain, chills, fever or difficulty passing urine, please call our office at 612-871-1145 or go to the emergency room. If you go to the emergency room, please notify our office immediately to have the on-call physician contacted.

For more information on the CRH O’Regan System™  visit:  www.crhsystem.com/minnesota

Results from any testing will be sent via mail.

Rev 12/21/2010