At Gastroenterology Associates, we use the CRH O’Regan System because it’s a fast, painless and proven non surgical hemorrhoid treatment.
The process involves placing a tiny rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid. The banded tissue then shrinks and falls off within a day or so, usually without you noticing. Most patients require three treatments, one per hemorrhoid column.
Hemorrhoids are cushions of swollen tissue and blood vessels in the lower rectum which begin to bulge through the anus causing itching, bleeding, swelling, and prolapse. Hemorrhoids can be caused by constipation, straining, pregnancy, etc., and can be painful and unpleasant. Too often, hemorrhoid (commonly misspelled as “hemroid”) sufferers spend endless time and money on home remedies such as creams, suppositories and warm baths, getting nothing but temporary relief. Hemorrhoids can also get progressively worse over time.
Left untreated, hemorrhoids often get worse over time, and therefore harder to treat, possibly requiring surgery. In addition, some people experience hemorrhoid-like symptoms when they actually have a more serious underlying gastrointestinal condition. If you have experienced reoccurring bouts with hemorrhoids, you may want to consult with your doctor to see if you should have further work up such as a colonoscopy. Typically, adults over the age of 45 should get one at least every 10 years, or more frequently if you have a history of colon polyps or family history of colon cancer.
About the Procedure
No, your colon does not need to be empty.
Generally, the first session is about 5-10min. The subsequent sessions are usually about 5min.
Most patients take the afternoon off but many go right back to work.
You should not feel pain after the banding but you may feel pressure at the rectum. This will subside after a while. If you do experience pain, then you should call the office to inform the doctor.
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