Q: What takes place during the procedure?
You will come in, get undressed from the waist down, and lay on the
procedure table. Next, the doctor will use the anoscope to locate the hemorrhoids and look for anal fissures or tears. A ligator is inserted to take hold of the hemorrhoid for the doctor to release a rubber band at its base. You may feel some pressure, but you should not feel pain. Your doctor can use a numbing agent if
needed, but most patients do not feel anything at all once the bands are in place. Your doctor will then withdraw the instruments, give you some instructions and/or medication to take home with you, and you are free to get dressed and return to normal activities right away. Because everyone has three hemorrhoidal
columns, most patients will need to return for a total of three treatments.