Had my 3rd and final banding on Wed. June 7. Third one seems to be the charm. I can honestly say this must be how the Dr who hasn't had banding but is advising means when they say... some people go to work the same afternoon - although that very first day was painful, it's been pretty much a breeze. I can honestly say it's work it because for the first time in YEARS my butt is feeling nothing. My hemmorhoids were "stage" 2-3. If anything else happens that I need to share I'll be back otherwise I'll be watching the group to see if I can help anyone with questions. I know banding and ectomy is very different. I would say if you can do banding before things get out of hand, get it done. The first one was so painful but it's because I didn't have the expectations I should have (Dr who never had it done advised me). The 2nd one was better because I was prepared from the 1st one. #3 seems all good. Before day 6 was my worst, that will be Monday, but so far... it's a breeze!