What is Haemorrhoidal banding?
Haemorrhoidal banding is a procedure used to treat symptomatic hemorrhoids. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed in a doctor’s office or outpatient setting.
During the procedure, a small rubber band is placed around the base of the hemorrhoid, which cuts off the blood supply to the tissue. The hemorrhoid will then shrink and eventually fall off. This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia.
Haemorrhoidal banding is considered a safe and effective treatment for symptomatic hemorrhoids, with a low risk of complications. The procedure is typically well tolerated and patients can return to their normal activities soon after the procedure.
It is important to discuss all treatment options with a healthcare provider to determine the best option for each individual patient.
What are Botox injections for anal fissures ?
Botox injections for anal fissures are a non-surgical treatment option for people who have chronic anal fissures that have not responded to other treatments. Botox is the trade name for a type of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that works by temporarily paralysing the muscles in the treated area.
In the case of anal fissures, Botox injections are used to relax the internal anal sphincter muscle, which can help to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with the fissure and promote healing. The internal anal sphincter muscle is a ring of smooth muscle that surrounds the anus and controls bowel movements. When this muscle is tense or spasming, it can cause pain and delay healing of an anal fissure.
During the procedure, a small amount of Botox is injected directly into the internal anal sphincter muscle, usually under local anaesthesia. The injection temporarily relaxes the muscle, reducing spasm and improving blood flow to the area, which can help to promote healing of the fissure.
Botox injections for anal fissures have been shown to be effective in relieving pain and promoting healing, with few side effects. However, the effects of Botox are temporary and typically last for a few months. Therefore, repeat injections may be necessary to maintain symptom relief. It is important to note that Botox injections are not appropriate for all patients with anal fissures, and should only be considered after other treatments have been attempted and failed.