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2020 Apr

ANZ J Surg



Local anaesthesia for haemorrhoidal rubber band ligation reduces immediate post-operative recovery time and use of opioid analgesia.


Haemorrhoidal rubber band ligation (RBL) is a well-established, safe and cost-effective treatment for bleeding haemorrhoids. It is generally well tolerated; however, some patients may require narcotic analgesia or even admission to hospital for pain management. This comparative cohort study reports on the difference in peri-procedural analgesia administration and post-operative recovery time between patients who received local anaesthetic (LA) infiltration in addition to RBL, compared with patients treated only with RBL.