The Adler Ligator: What to Expect? - Adler MicroMed

The Adler Ligator: What to Expect?

Is there a hemorrhoid banding procedure in your future? When you receive hemorrhoid treatment with an Adler Ligator, you can trust that the process will be simple and quick. Keep reading to ease your mind about what you can expect during and after hemorrhoid banding.

What to Expect During Hemorrhoid Banding

You'll begin your hemorrhoid treatment process with an exam. Your doctor will take a look to figure out how many hemorrhoids you have and whether you're a good candidate for hemorrhoid ligation.

If banding with an Adler Ligator is right for you, it may be possible to start the procedure right away. Otherwise, you'll be scheduled for an upcoming appointment.

Unlike other hemorrhoid removal processes, you don't have to prepare ahead of time for a ligation procedure. There's no fasting required, and you won't have to undergo anesthesia. The treatment can be completed in the doctor's office or an outpatient surgical center, and then you can return to the comfort of your own home on the same day.

The Adler Ligator is a smooth plastic instrument that was designed with your comfort in mind. It's free of rough edges or sharp teeth. The device is small enough for your doctor to easily slide it into your rectum.

Once in place, the ligator's light suction will gently tug your hemorrhoid away from the rectal wall. Then, the doctor will slip a small rubber band around the base of the tissue. There aren't many nerve endings there, so you shouldn’t notice any unpleasant sensations as the band tightens around the hemorrhoid.

In fact, you may not feel anything more than a sense of pressure or fullness in the rectum. If you do happen to experience pain, let your doctor know. The discomfort can usually be resolved with a quick adjustment.

Once the band is in place, the doctor will slide the ligator out, and you'll be finished with your treatment.

What to Expect After Hemorrhoid Banding

You should be able to return home after your procedure. It's a good idea to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous effort for a day or so, but you shouldn't need to lie around in bed. Many patients don't even need to take time off work. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to take care of any discomfort.

Here's what's goes on inside your body during the recovery process:

  • The band cuts off the blood supply to your hemorrhoid.
  • Without access to vital nutrients, the hemorrhoidal tissue starts to die and shrivel up.
  • After several days, the withered hemorrhoid falls off and leaves your body.

When the hemorrhoid falls off, you may notice a bit of bleeding. This usually happens around one week after the ligation procedure.

Many patients have more than one hemorrhoid, so they require multiple treatment sessions. Once your body has had time to heal from the first procedure, you'll return for the next treatment. One more may be necessary after that. Treating one hemorrhoid at a time helps to improve long-term success rates.

Did you know how quick and easy hemorrhoid treatment could be? Before, during and after your procedure, you'll find that there's no better method for getting rid of hemorrhoids than rubber band ligation with the Adler Ligator from Adler MicroMed.