Modern hemorrhoids treatment with rubber bands
The use of rubber bands in the therapy of hemorrhoids is currently the
most widely accepted form of treatment for this ailment, due to its low
cost, practicality and effectiveness. In this form of treatment, which
is performed on an outpatient basis here in our office, and which does
not require anesthesia, special rubber bands are applied to the hemorrhoids
after bringing the patient into a special position (see image), With this
procedure only a minor discomfort is felt by the patient in the form of
a mild pinching sensation during the application of the bands, which is
well tolerated by just about all patients.
Position for Rectal Digital Examination
See following sequential images and video-clips
Prolapsed grade 3 internal hemorrhoid is seen with signs
of congestion and ulceration.
Recently ligated hemorrhoid in which the strangling effect of the rubber bands which eventually leads to necrosis (drying out) of the hemorrhoid is observed. This effect is similar to the drying out of the ligated umbilical chord in the newborn.
Hemorrhoid 6 hours after application of rubber bands. Note the purple discoloration.
Hemorrhoid 48 hours after application of rubber bands. A whitish coloration is seen.
Normally, after 2 to 7 days the hemorrhoid has fallen off and the rubber bands will follow soon, leaving only a small ulceration that heals promptly by itself without any complication.
As can be seen the treatment of hemorrhoids with rubber bands is a simple and effective method of curing this ailment. A normal patient is cured after an average of four weekly treatments on an outpatient basis. Patients that are on a tight schedule can receive these treatment sessions at 2 to 3 day intervals.
(See Proctology section for more information on hemorrhoids as well as other important rectal diseases)
"He thought to have hemorrhoids but turned out to have rectal cancer". Its important to point out that a number of patients have treated themselves with self-prescribed anti hemorrhoidal ointments or suppositories, only to have a rectal carcinoma detected on a later rectal digital examination.