Hemorrhoids are swollen, inflamed veins in the anal canal that can cause bleeding, itching, irritation, burning, discomfort, and pain.
There are a range of treatment options, and the correct treatment will depend on the type of hemorrhoid (internal or external) and severity of the condition. Conservative, at-home methods include stool softeners and topical medications to soothe burning, itching, and pain. While these methods may work temporarily, symptoms will general recur.
At West Valley Colon and Rectal Surgery Center, our physicians provide several types of outpatient procedures that will permanently remove hemorrhoids.
Rubber band ligation is an outpatient procedure that is performed in the office, and the patient is allowed to return home the same day. The physician will apply a rubber band around the base of the internal hemorrhoid uses a tool called a ligator. This tool will aid in placing the small bands around the hemorrhoid, which then effectively kills the blood supply, causing the hemorrhoid to painlessly fall off within approximately 10 days. Generally, one or two hemorrhoids can be treated with this procedure during one visit, and most patients respond very positively to this treatment.
Patients are usually able to return to normal activities immediately, and one treatment per hemorrhoid is usually all that is needed. This is favorable to treating symptoms with ointments as hemorrhoids recur.
The risks involved with rubber band ligation are low, and 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 during one procedure. Recurrence rates following this procedure are low, however, patients may experience bleeding and postoperative pain. If a patient experiences reduced quality of life due to hemorrhoids, surgical excision is generally recommended to effectively treat the symptoms associated with hemorrhoids.
If you experience pain from hemorrhoids, it’s important to speak to a physician at West Valley Colon and Rectal Surgery Center. The physician will be able to determine whether hemorrhoids are internal or external, and which type of treatment is most likely to benefit you most. It is also important to determine that hemorrhoids are in fact the cause of your pain and not a more serious condition like a tumor.