What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen, inflamed veins in the anal canal that can cause bleeding, itching, irritation, burning, discomfort, and pain. There are several common causes hemorrhoids including constipation, pregnancy, obesity, heavy lifting, childbirth, diarrhea and sitting for long periods of time.
Out Patient Treatments for Hemorrhoids
At West Valley Colon and Rectal Surgery Center, 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, where the patient is allowed to return home the same day. The physician will apply a rubber band around the base of the internal hemorrhoid using a tool called a ligator. This tool will aid in placing the small bands around the hemorrhoid. The band 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 method is more favorable than treating symptoms with ointments because hemorrhoids tend to recur.
The risks involved in hemorrhoid removal 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, or totally removed, during one procedure. Recurrence rates following this type of procedure are low; however, patients may experience bleeding and postoperative pain. If a patient experiences a 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.
Other treatment options administered by a physical include rubber band ligation, sclerotherapy, infared, laser, or bipolar coagulation, hemorrhoidectomy (hemorrhoid removal), and hemorrhoid stapling.
At Home Treatments
Conservative, at-home methods include stool softeners and topical medications to soothe burning, itching, and pain. While these methods may work temporarily, it is important to note that symptoms will generally recur until hemorrhoids 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, 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 into 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.
Call the compassionate care and expert surgeons at West Valley Colon & Rectal Surgery Center today and schedule your examination.