Success story: piles banding
Thank you to ‘Anonymous female’, age 53, from the UK, for sharing how she tackled her anal bleeding with a piles banding procedure.
The first step – talking to the doctor
I've suffered from anal bleeding for 14 years and I have visited my doctor on numerous occasions about it, only to be given cream to use. Recently, my doctor retired and after 3 bad weeks of bleeding I went to see my new doctor who examined me and gave me a referral to hospital. As a result I had the banding procedure done. I was told that I had three haemorrhoid masses all of which were banded.
The piles (haemorrhoids) banding procedure
I would not hesitate to go again, I found the procedure to be straight forward, slightly uncomfortable but dealt with in a dignified manner. I didn't feel embarrassed at all. Afterwards, it was painful for the rest of the day – pain score 6/10 – which wasn't too bad. When I took paracetamol it dropped to 4/10. The next morning when I woke up there was no pain at all. I was a bit worried about going to the loo but everything was ok. I've been every day since the operation and have not had any problems.
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Tackle it, move on
I advise anyone reading this to go and see their doctor. The doctors do this examination every day and the team at the hospital where I went see 40 patients a day, so there is nothing to worry about. Put your health first, don't suffer in silence. There are lots of people out there with the same problem. Get it sorted, you'll feel so much better.
Our section on Seeing your doctor about an anal problem tackles the worry of discussing anal problems with your doctor, and explains what is involved in an anal examination.
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