Tried every over-the-counter cream and ointment for hemorrhoids, with little or no results? Also run through the gamut of prescription salves? Then it may be time for you to consider a surgical procedure to quickly, easily get rid of the problem.
There are now many procedures available to remove hemorrhoids, and most can be done in an outpatient setting. That means very little muss or fuss for the procedure itself, as well as a quick and easy recovery time. If you’re suffering, here are some options to consider:
In this procedure the doctor places a rubber band around the hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply, which in turn will cause it to eventually fall off.
Known as sclerotherapy, this is the same procedure used to treat varicose veins. The doctor injects a chemical into the hemorrhoid’s base, which hardens it. Eventually it will shrivel, and the resulting scar actually reinforces the anal wall and reduces the chances of recurrence.
The IRC procedure involves placing a small probe into the anus and above the hemorrhoid. Infrared light bursts are emitted, which hardens the blood vessels and veins above the hemorrhoid. Scar tissue develops, causing the hemorrhoid to shrink and disappear over a few weeks. You may need five to eight applications for IRC to be fully effective.
You will be sedated for this procedure, which involves surgically removing the hemorrhoid. You will have stitches, but those will dissolve on their own. Complete recovery takes about two weeks.
This surgical procedure also requires general anesthesia. A circular stapling device is used to remove the hemorrhoid and close the wound. No incision is made, and recovery also takes about two weeks.
What your doctor chooses to do will depend on the number and severity of your hemorrhoids, as well as whether or not this is the first time you’ve had them and how well they respond to treatment. If you don’t have a physician, or your doctor doesn’t have a specialist for referrals, click here to find a treating physician near you.