Hemorrhoid Banding/Ligation Specialist

Charles A. Obioha, MD -  - Gastroenterologist

Digestive Disease Clinic

Charles A. Obioha, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Rockville, MD

Nearly three-fourths of adults experience hemorrhoids at some point during their lives. If you have hemorrhoids, you can count on Dr. Charles Obioha at Digestive Disease Clinic in Rockville, Silver Spring, and Bowie, Maryland, for expert treatments and removal services, including hemorrhoid banding and ligation. Call to schedule an appointment today to learn more.

Hemorrhoid Banding/Ligation Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your rectum or anus. Also known as piles, hemorrhoids may be visible outside of your anus or located inside your rectum. In many cases, hemorrhoids don’t cause symptoms, but you may experience:

  • Itching or irritation around your anus
  • Painless bleeding during bowel movements
  • A lump near your anus
  • Pain or swelling around your anus

In some cases, you may develop a blood clot inside the hemorrhoid. This is known as a thrombosed hemorrhoid.

You should schedule a visit to Digestive Disease Clinic if you have pain or bleeding from your rectum. Dr. Obioha performs tests to confirm that you have hemorrhoids and to rule out other conditions like anal fissures or rectal polyps that can cause similar symptoms.

What causes hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids have a variety of potential causes. The veins in your rectum and anus can stretch while under pressure, such as when you have a bowel movement, for example. Too much stress can cause hemorrhoids, including from:

  • Straining during a bowel movement
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Low-fiber diet
  • Anal intercourse

When left untreated, hemorrhoids can lead to complications like anemia or strangulated hemorrhoids, which can be painful.

How are hemorrhoids treated?

Dr. Obioha treats hemorrhoids with a banding or ligation procedure. Hemorrhoid banding controls rectal bleeding caused by large or inflamed hemorrhoids.

During a banding or ligation procedure, Dr. Obioha numbs your anal region and places bands around your hemorrhoid. The bands cut off the blood supply to the hemorrhoids, causing them to wither and die. Your hemorrhoids will usually fall off within a week of your treatment.

You can relieve your symptoms with topical creams, sitz baths, and other medications. You may also find it more comfortable to use wet towelettes instead of dry toilet paper.

Can I prevent hemorrhoids?

You can reduce your risk of hemorrhoids by eating a high-fiber diet and drinking plenty of water every day. You can also try fiber supplements or stool softeners to make your bowel movements more comfortable.

You should also use the bathroom as soon as you feel the need and avoid straining or pushing during your bowel movements.

Additionally, it’s important to get regular exercise and avoid spending prolonged periods of time sitting.

If you’re concerned about hemorrhoids or experience pain or rectal bleeding, call Digestive Disease Clinic to make an appointment today for expert diagnosis and treatment with Dr. Obioha.