Rubber band ligation is a fast and simple procedure to remove internal hemorrhoids without the performance of a surgical procedure. Instead of having an expensive, invasive surgery, with Rubber Band Ligation, the patient simply has a small rubber band applied around the hemorrhoid, which cuts the blood flow to the hemorrhoid.
Because of the lack of blood flow, the hemorrhoid tissue will die and fall off after a few days. The dead tissue will be evacuated with a bowel movement shortly after falling off. This procedure is much more comfortable for the patient, as it minimizes the pain of the removal and there is no anesthesia required for the placement.
By not having to go under anesthesia, the patient is saved a substantial amount of money, as well as being able to communicate with the physician performing the band placement regarding the comfort of the band. This procedure seems to be the better route to take when thinking of hemorrhoid removal options, because it is much faster than operative removal procedures.
Aside from the efficiency of the procedure, the Rubber Band Ligation is also much more cost effective than traditional surgical procedures. This paired with the ease of passing the dead tissue is reason enough to consider this procedure rather than other methods of removal.
Rubber Band Ligation is not completely without risk, however. There are some risk factors to take into account when considering undergoing this procedure. With the Ligation, there are the possibilities of bleeding from the anus and the patient having problems urinating.
The patient may also experience pain so severe that it can not be controlled with standard pain killers. Also, as with the removal of any organic material from the body, there is a risk of the site becoming infected. However, these possible complications are no more severe than any other possible complications associated with other removal procedures.
In summary, Rubber Band Ligation seems to be a safe, easy removal method for hemorrhoids. It takes far less time for recovery than other methods and is much less expensive than surgical procedures. Aside from the possible side effects associated with the procedure, which are no more severe or different than those risks that can be associated with traditional procedures, Rubber Band Ligation is a route to highly consider when trying to make the decision of how to have a hemorrhoid removed.