Minimally Invasive Treatments

When at-home treatments aren’t enough for your hemorrhoids, your health  care provider may recommend a minimally invasive treatment.

Hemorrhoid Banding

Hemorrhoid banding is one of the most common and effective procedures used to treat internal hemorrhoids. Less invasive than surgery, this procedure is the most effective on small or medium-size hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum, can cause pain, itching, bleeding, blood clots and infection. To treat persistent hemorrhoids, a doctor may perform hemorrhoid banding. During this procedure, the doctor will place a rubber band around the hemorrhoid to cut off the blood supply, causing the hemorrhoid to eventually fall off. Read More

Injections

Hemorrhoid sclerotherapy consists of injecting a chemical into the base of the hemorrhoid, which then hardens the tissue. The scarring produced from the procedure causes the vein to collapse and eventually shrivel and harden. The resulting scar will also act to reinforce the anus wall, minimizing the chance that the hemorrhoid will recur. This is the same technology used to treat spider or varicose veins. Read More

IRC (Infrared coagulation)

Infrared coagulation (IRC) is an outpatient procedure used to treat internal hemorrhoids. A small probe is inserted in the anus and makes contact with the small area above the hemorrhoid. The probe then emits short bursts of infrared light, lasting only a second or two.

This exposure coagulates, or hardens, the blood vessels and veins above the hemorrhoid. Scar tissue develops, causing the hemorrhoid to shrink, shrivel and go away over the course of a few weeks (this procedure may take 5 to 8 applications to be effective). Read More

Call your doctor if your symptoms persist for more than a few days. If you experience severe pain or bleeding, call your doctor immediately.