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Chapter 3: Deciding If Hemorrhoid Banding Is Right for You

If you have hemorrhoid symptoms that won’t go away, no matter what you do, it may be time to talk to your doctor about hemorrhoid banding. Your doctor will examine you and recommend the best treatment considering the hemorrhoid grade. Hemorrhoids are grouped into different grades based on how much they protrude out of the anal canal. The various grades include:

  • Grade I hemorrhoids do not protrude, and they may or may not bleed.
  • Grade II hemorrhoids protrude during bowel movements but go back on their own.
  • Grade III hemorrhoids protrude and must be manually pushed back in.
  • Grade IV hemorrhoids protrude and cannot retract.

Hemorrhoid banding is most commonly used to treat Grade I to Grade II hemorrhoids. However, doctors can utilize hemorrhoid banding technology like the CRH O’Regan ligator to eliminate Grade III hemorrhoids, though it may require more than three treatments.

This chapter will talk about the benefits of hemorrhoid banding and if it’s worth it for you. If you wish to speak to a local doctor about hemorrhoid banding, please search our directory of CRH O’Regan physicians.

Is Hemorrhoid Banding Worth It?

Millions of people have hemorrhoids, but many suffer from them for years before seeking treatment. Although internal hemorrhoids usually aren’t dangerous, they can recur and cause pain or irritation. If left untreated, hemorrhoids can also progress into more advanced grades.

For example, hemorrhoids can become thrombosed, which can lead to swelling, inflammation and severe pain. Thrombosed hemorrhoids occur when blood collects in an external or internal hemorrhoid and forms a clot.

Internal hemorrhoids can also prolapse if left untreated and extend beyond the anus. Prolapsed hemorrhoids might collect mucus and stool particles, which can lead to itching and discomfort.

If you have hemorrhoids that cause bleeding or do not improve after a week of home care, it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor. Your doctor will rule out other diseases and use the appropriate treatment to bring you relief.

If you have hemorrhoids that are prolapsed or cause bleeding, itching, swelling or soiling, your doctor might recommend hemorrhoid banding. Hemorrhoid banding can be worth it if your hemorrhoids bother you and if you want a simple treatment that works for most people.

Keep in mind that not all hemorrhoid banding techniques are exactly the same. If you have the option, consider the CRH O’Regan System, which has been called the best treatment available for hemorrhoids.

Why CRH O’Regan Hemorrhoid Banding?

Benefits of the CRH O’Regan System include:

  • Painless: Modern hemorrhoid banding technology, like the CRH O’Regan System, leads to much less pain post-procedure than previous methods. The procedure itself is painless.
  • Safe: The CRH O’Regan System is considered a safe procedure and rarely leads to complications. When doctors treat one hemorrhoid when using the CRH O’Regan ligator, patients can expect a less than 1% complication rate.
  • Fast: A CRH O’Regan procedure takes about a minute, unlike other rubber band ligation methods, which may take five to 30 minutes. You can be in and out of the doctor’s office on the same day of your treatment without having to take time off of work.
  • Effective: The CRH O’Regan System is more than 99% effective and can treat about 95% of patients with hemorrhoids. With the CRH O’Regan System, you can find fast relief when other options didn’t work.
  • Disposable: The CRH O’Regan System is disposable, meaning there’s less risk of cross-infection. Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) account for almost 2 million infections each year, and patients can acquire HAI in any type of medical facility. You can enjoy greater peace of mind if your doctor treats your hemorrhoids with a single-use CRH O’Regan ligator.
  • Cost-effective: Since you can receive hemorrhoid banding treatment in a doctor’s office, you don’t have to worry about costs relating to a hospital stay, and you also don’t have to miss time or pay at work.
  • No preparation required: The CRH O’Regan System does not require fasting or any other type of preparation. You won’t have to revolve your week around your procedure or feel uncomfortable leading up to your appointment.
  • No sedation needed: The CRH O’Regan System does not require anesthesia, so you can drive yourself home or get back to work the same day of your treatment. You also don’t have to worry about any of the complications associated with anesthesia.

Overall, the CRH O’Regan System allows you to get rid of your hemorrhoids quickly, easily and painlessly so that you can get on with your life.

When Should You Consider Hemorrhoid Surgery?

Hemorrhoid surgery is usually the last resort for patients because it is painful and expensive and involves a long recovery time. However, your doctor might recommend a hemorrhoidectomy if you have painful and recurring external hemorrhoids, large protruding hemorrhoids or problematic internal hemorrhoids that do not respond to non-surgical treatments.