Rubber band ligation involves placing a small rubber band around the base of the haemorrhoid or pile. This rubber band will cut off the blood supply to the tissue and both the band and tissue fall off by 8 to 10 days. Usually you do not notice this happening.
You may see some light bleeding for 4 or 5 days. This is quite normal.
Do’s and Dont’s
- Avoid going to the toilet for at least 4 hours after banding to ensure the bands are not dislodged before they seat properly.
- You may experience temporary discomfort for a few days. This is quite normal and you may take a mild analgesic such as Paracetamol (Panadol). Avoid medications containing Aspirin as it can increase the risk of bleeding.
- Warm salt baths may be taken frequently to relieve discomfort.
- Constipation and hard faeces should be avoided by eating bulk products (roughage) to facilitate passing stools during the healing process. Metamucil (or similar), 1-2 teaspoonfuls each morning is recommended.
- Strong laxatives, enemas and suppositories should be avoided.
- You should avoid hard physical activity for one to two weeks.
- In the unlikely event that you…
- Have difficulty passing urine
- Lost a large amount of blood
- Feel feverish
…you should contact YOUR SURGEON.