Hemorrhoid banding is usually an outpatient procedure, meaning you won’t need to stay in a hospital.
Before the procedure, you’ll be given anesthesia or have a topical anesthetic applied to your rectum. If your hemorrhoids are very painful, or you need to have a lot of them banded, you may need general anesthesia.
Next, your doctor will insert an anoscope into your rectum until it reaches the hemorrhoid. An anoscope is a small tube with a light at the end of it. They’ll then insert a small tool called a ligator through the anoscope.
Your doctor will use the ligator to place one or two rubber bands at the base of the hemorrhoid to constrict blood flow. They’ll repeat this process for any other hemorrhoids.
If your doctor finds any blood clots, they’ll remove them during the banding process. In general, hemorrhoid banding only takes a few minutes, but it could take longer if you have multiple hemorrhoids.