At West Valley Colon & Rectal Surgery Center, our hemorrhoid specialists are dedicated to helping patients understand their condition so they are as comfortable as possible during treatment.
Over 75% of people will have them in their lifetime! But just because it’s a common problem, it doesn’t mean it’s a condition you have to live with.
Hemorrhoids are very common! It is estimated that by age 30, more than half the population will have experienced symptoms. People with a family history of hemorrhoids and women are more at risk of developing hemorrhoids, but the condition is actually fairly common among all people.
Problems with hemorrhoids can be very personal. Many people are embarrassed to talk to their doctor about hemorrhoids, so they will often opt for over-the-counter topical creams and pain relievers or home remedies like sitting in a warm bath or applying a cold compress. These methods are great for treating symptoms temporarily, but if patients still feel pain for over a week, or symptoms keep coming back, they should come in to West Valley Colon & Rectal Surgery Center.
At West Valley Colon and Rectal Surgery Center, our expert colon and rectal surgeons perform two types of procedures to help their patients with hemorrhoids. The type of procedure will depend on two factors: the size of the hemorrhoids and whether the hemorrhoids are internal or external.
The hemorrhoid ligation (banding) procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and is generally recommended for internal hemorrhoids. This procedure cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, after which point the hemorrhoid effectively dies and will fall off within several days.
Hemorrhoidectomy is the surgical removal of hemorrhoids and is generally recommended for patients with external hemorrhoids.