Rubber Band Ligation

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Rubber band ligation is performed for internal hemorrhoids with bleeding or minor degrees of protrusion. It is not performed for external hemorrhoids in patients with coagulopathies, or generally in patients taking anticoagulants (banding is performed in the office or the outpatient clinic and requires no specific preparation). The patient is placed in the knee-chest or lateral position, an anoscope is inserted, and the hemorrhoidal group to be ligated is visualized. Using a ligator placed through the anoscope, the redundant portion of the mucosa at the upper portion of the hemorrhoid is grasped and a constricting elastic band is placed around it. If the band is placed lower, significant pain may result (Fig. 6). The hemorrhoid will slough in 7-10 d leaving a small, ulcerated area to heal.

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