Hemorrhoid Banding

Minimally Invasive and Highly Effective

It has been estimated that hemorrhoids will affect 50 percent of people by age 50. Risk factors include pregnancy, low-fiber diet, constipation, prolonged standing or sitting and straining with activities such as lifting heavy weight. Many patients suffer with the itching and bleeding associated with internal hemorrhoids.

Crozer Health now offers a new treatment option for when conservative treatments, such as rest, elevation and medicated creams and ointments, do not provide effective relief. Hemorrhoid banding using the patented CRH O’Regan System® offers a non-surgical, generally painless and highly effective treatment that can be performed in the office without the need for preparation, fasting or sedation.

"Non-surgical hemorrhoid banding using the O’Regan System can be very beneficial for people who have mild to moderate hemorrhoid symptoms that do not improve with more conservative treatments. The procedure has a very low complication rate and a very high success rate." - Joyann Kroser, M.D., gastroenterologist

How does it work?

During the procedure, your physician place a small rubber band around the base of the internal hemorrhoid where there are no pain-sensitive nerve endings. The rubber band cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, causing the banded tissue to fall off. You may require from one to three visits depending on the number of veins affected by hemorrhoids.

How does it differ from other treatments?

Other hemorrhoid banding techniques typically use metal clamps to hold the tissue in place or an endoscopic procedure, often performed by a colorectal surgeon, which requires preparation, fasting and sedation. This can result in discomfort and longer procedure times.

Using the CRH O’Regan System, the procedure can be performed by a trained gastroenterologist in the office without fasting, advance preparation or sedation. It is quick and generally painless to perform.

Is hemorrhoid banding painful?

Most patients do not feel any pain from non-surgical hemorrhoid banding or during recovery. Reported pain is usually minor and can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Patients can typically return to their normal activities immediately.