The main treatment for hemorrhoid is the CRH O’Regan Hemorrhoid Banding, which is also called “rubber band ligation.” It is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that usually takes less than a minute. If the patient has more than one hemorrhoid, the doctor will work on them one at a time, and they will usually start with the biggest hemorrhoid. Each hemorrhoid will be treated about two weeks apart.

How Does Hemorrhoid Banding Work?

Hemorrhoid banding works by cutting off the hemorrhoid’s blood supply. The doctor will insert a ligator containing a sterile rubber band up the patient’s rectum. They will suction part of the hemorrhoid and place the rubber band around it. A day or so after hemorrhoid treatment in Hattiesburg, MS, the hemorrhoid will shrink and fall off. The patient won’t feel anything, although they may spot the rubber band and hemorrhoid in the toilet.

What Is a Hemorrhoid?

A hemorrhoid is a swollen vein that resembles a varicose vein. It can be external (around the anus) or internal (inside the rectum). Symptoms of hemorrhoids include bleeding, pain, and irritation.

How Does the Doctor Diagnose a Hemorrhoid?

The doctor may often start with a digital exam in which they use a lubricated and gloved finger to feel the rectum for anything abnormal. They can also check the anus for external hemorrhoids.

If the patient is older or has other risk factors that increase their chances of developing colorectal cancer, the doctor may order a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy, especially if they find blood in the patient’s stool.

Contact Hattiesburg GI Associates to learn more about hemorrhoid treatment in Hattiesburg, MS.