Hemorrhoid Treatment

 

Hemorrhoids Treatment: Overview

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids, also known as hemroids, are a condition that occurs when veins in the anal and rectal areas swell and do not return to their normal state. The result is discomfort which can include itchiness, swelling, burning and even bleeding.

Hemroids are generally not life-threatening and can be treated at home, however, it is best to seek a hemroid treatment right away as soon as symptoms occur. Letting the condition persist can lead to complications which require more severe methods of hemroid treatment.

If clotting is present with hemroids, a doctor should be seen for professional diagnosis and hemroid treatment immediately. He may want to remove the blood clot by making an incision in the tissue. This can actually also eliminate the hemorrhoid and possibly prevent the reoccurrence of symptoms.

Hemorrhoids Treatment

Medications

Medications in the form of topical creams and ointments are the least invasive form of hemorrhoid treatment and usually work on most cases. There are a number of formulas which can be purchased over-the-counter and they work by shrinking the inflamed tissue and relieving symptoms of itching and burning. This type of hemroid treatment is also very convenient, as the formulas can be kept on hand to be used for immediate relief of symptoms when hemroids flare up.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a more extreme hemorrhoid treatment method used when less severe options like medications have been tried with little success. In this form of hemroid treatment, chemicals are injected directly into the hemroid to make it collapse and shrink. This method have been proven effective on some cases of more severe hemroids, however the results may not be as long-term as some of the other more invasive hemroid treatment methods and hemroids may reoccur.

Lasers, Heat or Electrical Pulses

These methods of hemorrhoid treatment literally heat the hemroid until it shrivels up and falls off. Scar tissue is then left behind which strengthens the surrounding anal tissue and may serve to help prevent future hemroids. This hemroid treatment method is especially successful in removing internal hemroids, however, like sclerotherapy, there is a higher chance for reoccurrence than with more invasive hemroid treatments like the rubber band method or even surgery.

Rubber Band Hemorrhoids Treatment

In the rubber band hemorrhoid treatment approach, a rubber band is put around the hemorrhoid in order to restrict blood flow to the area. The hemroid eventually shrivels up from lack of circulation. This hemroid treatment method has proven more effective in hemorrhoid treatment than sclerotherapy, laser, heat and electrical pulse treatments, however, it is not without its downside. The pressure of the rubber band can be very painful and cause as much discomfort as the hemroid originally did.

Surgical Hemorrhoids Treatment

Surgery may be used for hemorrhoid treatment as a last resort when other less invasive procedures have either failed to stop the bleeding of hemroids or symptoms persist and the hemroids are not being eliminated.

Hemorrhoidectomy is a hemorrhoid treatment procedure whereby the hemorrhoid is removed via an incision. This hemroid treatment procedure is performed under either a general or spinal anesthetic. The incision is then closed via stitches. Recovery time after this procedure can be quite long and painful, and can involve bed rest in its first stages. It is for that reason that hemorrhoidectomy is only used for hemorrhoid treatment in the most severe cases of hemroids.

Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy is a variation on hemorrhoid surgery treatment which can be less invasive than the standard surgery. In this hemroid treatment procedure, staples are used to cut off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, which then causes the tissues to shrink and symptoms to be relieved. Stapled hemorrhoidectomy is less painful than standard hemorrhoidectomy, and recovery time is less, but it too is not without its own risks. With stapled hemorrhoidectomy the risk of prolapse is present, and hemroids may actually get worse instead of better.