If you have hemorrhoids and have tried to treat them yourself with over-the-counter creams or home remedies and they still don’t resolve, you need to have a doctor check them. While most hemorrhoids resolve themselves, some need to be surgically removed. There are several types of hemorrhoid surgeries, including many that are quick and painless.
Banding is used for internal hemorrhoids to cut off the blood supply so they shrink. This procedure is performed in the doctor’s office and involves placing tight bands around the hemorrhoids. It may require two or more procedures about two months apart before they are healed. Some people may experience discomfort during the procedure but it’s usually a pain-free surgical treatment.
By using infrared light, heat, or extreme cold, this procedure helps the hemorrhoids shrink and retract. Most people experience only mild discomfort and cramping when infrared photocoagulation or coagulation therapy is performed in the doctor’s office. This pain-free surgical procedure also involves an anoscopy, which is a scope inserted into the rectum to help doctors visualize the hemorrhoids that they are treating.
This procedure has a high success rate for treating small internal hemorrhoids. There are few risks associated with this procedure that involves injecting the hemorrhoids with a chemical to shrink them and stop their bleeding. As with the other pain-free surgical procedures, there is no cutting involved and it is done in the doctor’s office.
There are some surgical procedures that are done in the hospital and may require overnight stays but they are done to treat large external or internal hemorrhoids or hemorrhoids that have prolapsed. Prolapsed hemorrhoids are internal hemorrhoids that protrude from the rectum.
Hemorrhoids are usually not painful and these procedures help shrink them so they can heal. Ask about these procedures if you need them surgically treated or go to website for more information. You can also connect them on Facebook for more updates.
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