Thrombosed Hemroids

Treatment for Thrombosed Hemorrhoids

Overview

Thrombosed hemorrhoids are those external hemorrhoids that develop blood clots.  They start out like any other external hemroid, but continued straining and pressure on the anal area can cause blood clots to form, a condition referred to as thrombosis.

Treatment Options for Thrombosed Hemorrhoids

Surgery

Surgery is often recommended for thrombosed hemorrhoids.  Your doctor can help you to determine if it is called for with your particular case of thrombosed hemroids.

A local anesthetic is first applied to the affected area and surrounding tissue.  General anesthesia is usually not necessary when having surgery for thrombosed hemroids, but every case varies.  Your doctor can discuss your options with you.

Once anesthesia is administered, your doctor will make an incision and remove any clotting and hemorrhoidal tissue.  The incision is then closed using sutures, and pain medication is generally prescribed for the post-surgical recovery period.

Surgery for thrombosed hemorrhoids has a very high success rate for immediately relieving symptoms and preventing future reoccurrence of the condition.  Additionally, risk and complications from this surgery are minimal.

Surgery for thrombosed hemroids does have some disadvantages, however, namely the recovery period that follows.  Pain and sensitivity in the anal area are often experienced post-surgery, and as with any surgical incision, there is the risk of infection.

Alternate Treatment Methods for Thrombosed Hemorrhoids

In general, most thrombosed hemroids will require surgery, and should be seen by a doctor immediately.  There are, however, some steps you can take to prevent hemroids from reaching a state of thrombosis in the first place, and to prevent reoccurrence of the condition after surgery.

First and foremost, hemorrhoids should be treated as early as possible.  Leaving them untreated can subject the swollen veins of the anal and rectal areas which cause hemroids  to further stress and strain and can eventually cause thrombosis to occur.

Taking vitamin E three times a day can help keep blood flowing through your existing hemroids, thus making it less likely that they will become thrombosed hemorrhoids.  Vitamin E also helps dilation of the blood vessels in thrombosed hemroids once they have advanced to that stage.

Sitz baths may also be recommended by your doctor to treat or prevent thrombosed hemroids.  Similar to Vitamin E, sitz baths help improve blood flow out of thrombosed hemroids.  They can help you to relax and let your blood vessels dilate.

Herbal remedies are usually not sufficient to treat thrombosed hemroids, but they can treat external hemorrhoids in their early stages to prevent thrombosis from ever occurring.  They can also be used post-hemorrhoid surgery to make sure that thrombosed hemorrhoids do not occur again.