Rubber band ligation versus excisional haemorrhoidectomy for haemorrhoids

V Shanmugam, A Hakeem, KL Campbell, KS Rabindranath, RJC Steele, MA Thaha, MA Loudon

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    Traditional treatment methods for haemorrhoids fall into two broad groups: less invasive techniques including rubber band ligation (RBL), which tend to produce minimal pain, and the more radical techniques like excisional haemorrhoidectomy (EH), which are inherently more painful. For decades, innovations in the field of haemorrhoidal treatment have centred on modifying the traditional methods to achieve a minimally invasive, less painful procedure and yet with a more sustainable result. The availability of newer techniques has reopened debate on the roles of traditional treatment options for haemorrhoids.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberCD005034
    Number of pages29
    JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    Issue number1
    Early online date24 Jan 2005
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • Hemorrhoids
    • Humans
    • Ligation
    • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic


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