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Disease - Conditions

Banding

Banding is the use of elastic bands to apply pressure and constrict, or tie off, parts of the body such as a bleeding hemorrhoid or enlarged esophageal veins (which can also lead to bleeding).

Click to learn more about banding (see "hemorrhoid treatment").

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Procedure Instructions

Preparation

  • If you take a medication to thin your blood and have not already discussed this with our office, please call us at 952-368-3800.
  • If you take aspirin, you may continue to do so.
  • If you are or may be pregnant, please discuss the risks and benefits of this procedure with your doctor.
  • If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call 952-368-3800 as soon as possible.

Day of Procedure

  • Wear loose fitting clothing to the appointment.
  • Bring a list of all of your current medications, including any allergy or over-the-counter medications.
  • Bring a photo ID as well as up-to-date insurance information, such as your insurance card and any referral forms that might be required by your payer.
  • There are no dietary restrictions.
  • Continue all medications as usual.

After the Procedure

  • Your doctor may recommend warm baths.
  • For a few days after the procedure, you may have difficulty controlling passage of gas and bowel movements. Use a stool softener, exercise, drink plenty of fluids, and eat plenty of high-fiber foods (fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains) to prevent constipation and straining during bowel movements. Move your bowels as soon as you feel the urge. Do not strain, bear down, or hold your breath during a bowel movement. Do not sit on the toilet for long periods of time.
  • Apply creams or ointments as directed.
  • Avoid heavy lifting for two or three weeks.