WHAT ARE HEMORRHOIDS?
Hemorrhoids are swollen, inflamed veins in the anal canal. They can cause bleeding, itching, irritation, burning, discomfort, and pain. There are several common causes of hemorrhoids. Constipation, pregnancy, obesity, heavy lifting, childbirth, diarrhea and sitting for long periods of time can all be causes.
OUTPATIENT TREATMENTS FOR HEMORRHOIDS
At West Valley Colon and Rectal Surgery Center, there are several treatment options. Our physicians provide several types of outpatient procedures that will permanently remove hemorrhoids.
RUBBER BAND LIGATION
Rubber band ligation is an outpatient procedure that is performed in the office, that allows the patient to return home the same day. The physician will apply a rubber band around the base of the internal hemorrhoid. The physician will use a tool called a ligator to do this. This tool will aid in placing the small bands around the hemorrhoid. The band effectively kills the blood supply. Which causes the hemorrhoid to painlessly fall off within approximately 10 days.
Generally, one or two hemorrhoids can be treated with this procedure during one visit. Most patients respond very positively to this treatment.
Patients are usually able to return to normal activities immediately. One treatment per hemorrhoid is usually all that is needed. This method is more favorable than treating symptoms with ointments. Hemorrhoids tend to recur when treated with ointments.
The risks involved in hemorrhoid removal with rubber band ligation are low. Patients rarely feel pain from the treatment. Patients are advised to contact their physician if they experience severe pain or fever following the procedure.
Surgical excision of hemorrhoids is a procedure where all hemorrhoids are excised, or totally removed. This takes place during one procedure. Recurrence rates following this type of procedure are low. Patients may experience bleeding, postoperative pain and discomfort. If a patient experiences a reduced quality of life due to hemorrhoids, surgical excision is generally recommended. It has shown to effectively treat the symptoms associated with hemorrhoids.
If you experience pain from hemorrhoids, it’s important to speak to a physician. Here at West Valley Colon and Rectal Surgery Center, we will do everything we can to help. The physician will be able to determine whether hemorrhoids are internal or external. After his initial assessment, he will determine which type of treatment is likely to benefit you. It is also important to determine that hemorrhoids are in fact the cause of your pain. There are several conditions that can cause similar symptoms. The physician must make sure it isn't a more serious condition like a tumor.
Other treatment options administered by a physical include rubber band ligation, sclerotherapy, infrared, laser, or bipolar coagulation, hemorrhoidectomy (hemorrhoid removal), and hemorrhoid stapling.
AT HOME TREATMENTS
Conservative, at-home methods are available to treat less severe hemorrhoids. These include stool softeners and topical medications to soothe burning, itching, and pain. These methods do often provide relief, but they're only temporary fixes. It is important to note that symptoms will generally recur. Hemorrhoids and the associated symptoms will recur until they are removed.
You’re Not Alone!
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.
Home Treatments May Not Be Effective
Problems with hemorrhoids can be very personal. Many people are embarrassed to talk to their doctor about hemorrhoids. People 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. Patients may still feel pain for over a week, or their symptoms keep coming back. At this point, they should come into West Valley Colon & Rectal Surgery Center and talk to one of our doctors.
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. First, they will check the size of the hemorrhoids. Second, they will determine whether the hemorrhoids are internal or external.
The hemorrhoid ligation (banding) procedure is performed in an outpatient setting. It is generally recommended for internal hemorrhoids. This procedure cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid after which point the hemorrhoid effectively dies. Once dead it will painlessly fall off within several days.
Hemorrhoidectomy is the surgical removal of hemorrhoids. It is generally recommended for patients with external hemorrhoids.
Call the compassionate care and expert surgeons at West Valley Colon & Rectal Surgery Center today and schedule your examination.