Hemorrhoid Band Ligation

Dr. Nowain has years of experience as a gastroenterologist, and is uniquely specialized in the treatment of hemorrhoids. At the Center for GI Health at the heart of Beverly Hills, we use an FDA approved hemorrhoid treatment that has a lower risk of complication, a high success rate, and minimal to no pain for the patient.

If you suffer from hemorrhoids, you are not alone!  Almost every adult will deal with hemorrhoids in their lifetime, and we have helped hundreds in Los Angeles alleviate their pain and suffering.

What are hemorrhoids?

First, lets explain more about what a hemorrhoid actually is…Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower rectum or anus. Even though many patients don’t like to talk about them, hemorrhoids are extremely common and will affect more than half the population at some point in their lives.

Hemorrhoids can be caused by dehydration (from excessive exercise done by cyclists or weight lifters), prolonged sitting (in front of the computer or driving a truck), or constipation. Believe it or not, it might only take one episode of constipation to spark a hemorrhoid.

There are two types of hemorrhoids based on location: internal and external hemorrhoids. Most people do not know the difference between an internal or external hemorrhoid, so a physical examination will be needed to determine which type of hemorrhoid is there.

How do I eliminate my hemorrhoids?

The treatment for hemorrhoids depends on their location and severity of the hemorrhoids. Dr. Nowain handles each case with a simple three-step process:

  1. Make an accurate diagnosis of the hemorrhoids by listening for the symptoms and performing an examination.
  2. Cover the various treatment options with the patient.
  3. Perform the hemorrhoid treatment.

Dr. Nowain has many hemorrhoid treatment options dependent on whether you have internal or external hemorrhoids. For internal hemorrhoids, Dr. Nowain prefers hemorrhoid banding ligation to treat hemorrhoids. Previously, surgery was required to remove internal hemorrhoids. Band ligation is a surgery-free procedure with little recovery time and little to no pain. Topical medications and prescription options are only a temporary fix for internal hemorrhoids. Banding will get rid of them entirely, and they generally do not come back with maintenance of proper bowel habits.

External hemorrhoids cannot be treated by band ligation, however Dr. Nowain will prescribe medications to help resolve your symptoms and prevent them from coming back.

(Please note that banding ligation cannot be performed on pregnant women with hemorrhoids.)

Hemorrhoid Banding Ligation

The Center for GI Health uses a technique called hemorrhoid band ligation to eliminate internal hemorrhoids. The procedure is brief, painless, and performed in Dr. Nowain’s office. Dr. Nowain uses the CRS O’Regan FDA approved system, which allows him to use gentle suction to hold the hemorrhoid in place and then places a small rubber band around the tissue just above the hemorrhoid. This is a painless procedure as it is above the nerve line (the dendate line) so you do not feel any pain.  We only perform hemorrhoid banding on ‘internal hemorrhoids’ for this exact purpose!

The procedure simply cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, which will fall off after a day or two. You will not feel it when it falls off and will pass it when you use the restroom. Once the hemorrhoid has fallen off, the wound will heal in a few days. You may experience a slight dull pressure sensation or a feeling of rectal fullness for 12-24 hours following the procedure, but you will leave with no pain. If you do experience pain, it is probably because the band is too tight. If that is the case, we will loosen it for you.

There is no reason you should have to live with recurring flare-ups and increasing pain. You can contact us now and end your discomfort for good.

Is hemorrhoid banding safe?

We are proponents of this method because of the high success rate, reduced rate of complications, and the reduced rate of hemorrhoid reoccurrence among patients. Dr Nowain has done thousands of banding procedures, and he has consistently found hemorrhoid band ligation to be an extremely safe and successful procedure.

This technique is safer for a number of reasons:

  • Traditional banding techniques uses metal-toothed clamps, which have a higher risk of pain and bleeding.
  • The instruments used are smaller – making the procedure more comfortable for patients.
  • The instruments used are single use and 100% disposable – less risk of contamination and infection.
  • Patients do not undergo anesthesia.

(Please note that banding ligation cannot be performed on pregnant women with hemorrhoids.)

Will my insurance cover hemorrhoid banding?

Yes. This procedure is covered by PPO insurances and Medicare. We also offer reasonable cash pricing for patients without insurance. If you are worried about whether your insurance covers hemorrhoid banding, we will be happy to check with your insurance carrier.

Once you know what the problem is, why wait to get relief? Contact us or call our office (310) 657-4444 for questions or to schedule an appointment for evaluation.

Please visit our Hemorrhoid FAQ page for more information on hemorrhoid banding.