Hemorrhoid Treatment Options
What are my hemorrhoid treatment options? Can hemorrhoid treatments be painless and not involve surgery? We offer a variety of treatment options and discuss what option is best for you. These treatments include:
If you have been reluctant to seek hemorrhoid treatment because of anxiety, embarrassment or fear of pain, we understand. That’s why we offer sedation proctology.
The sedation is performed by a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist). This greatly reduces anxiety and pain through sedation. Because treatments are performed in our office, we’ve eliminated the cost of a hospital charge or facility fee.
Most procedures are done WITHOUT loss of work or restriction of activity to you. Some treatments take only a matter of minutes.
External hemorrhoids develop outside the rectum. Sometimes they are connected to the internals and are called mixed hemorrhoids. This type can swell and cause PAIN. This type may require some minor surgery in the office or hospital. Hemorrhoids, when treated early, resolve without surgery.
An exam will be done to help you make the most informed decision on what hemorrhoid treatment is right for you.
Hemorrhoid Care and Treatment Center Methods:
Injection: To shrink the hemorrhoid, medicine is injected into tissue above the hemorrhoid where no feeling is present.
Infrared Coagulation: (IRC) is the most widely used office treatment for hemorrhoids. A small probe contacts the area above the hemorrhoid where no feeling is present. This causes it to shrink and recede.
Rubber Banding: (Ligation) A special instrument fits a small rubber band over part of the hemorrhoid. The rubber band stops the blood flow into the pinched-off portion, which falls off within a week. This is also done where no feeling is present.
Home Remedies Hemorrhoid Treatment
External hemorrhoids: Home remedies and home treatment are recommended for most external hemorrhoids. Treatment includes sitting in a warm bath (sitz bath) several times daily, increasing fiber (fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals) and water (drinking five or more eight once glasses a day), and taking stool softeners or fiber supplements.
In some cases, a hemorrhoid may burst and a hard, painful lump forms under the skin. This is called a thrombosed hemorrhoid. The doctor may remove the contents of the lump (incision) or the entire lump (excision) to lessen the pain and speed recovery. If the lump is not removed, the pain will gradually lessen in two to seven days, even though the lump is still present.
Internal hemorrhoids: Most first-degree hemorrhoids can be treated at home with the same measures used for external hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoid Surgery Options
Major surgery can generally be avoided in favor of these more sophisticated methods used at our center. Non-surgical methods of treatment are available to most of our patients as a viable alternative for long-term hemorrhoid care. However, if surgery is necessary, we offer two types:
Through state-of-the-art lasers, our trained surgeons are able to perform pin point, surgical accuracy for the removal of hemorrhoids. The hemorrhoids are literally vaporized. Because of the pin point accuracy of the laser, surrounding tissue can remain unharmed. The laser seals off nerves and tiny blood vessels. This means less bleeding for the patient and less work for the surgeon performing the procedure.
The benefits of laser hemorrhoid surgery are:
- A shorter amount of down time, 3-5 days
- Surrounding tissue is left unharmed
- Less bleeding, swelling and scarring
- Less medication is required afterwards
- Faster healing
- No stitches
- The procedure is done in 15-30 minutes
- A significantly reduced cost compared to traditional surgery
Our surgery center offers the option of unconscious sedation or unconscious IV sedation without the charge of a hospital stay.
Traditional Hemorrhoid Surgery: Depending on the severity of the hemorrhoids, most surgery can be done on an outpatient basis in our office surgery center. The procedure usually takes 30-90 minutes. Most people go home the same day; the others go home the following morning. We will make the necessary arrangements with you and the hospital.