Frequently Asked Questions
The embarrassment of hemorrhoids keeps most patients from immediately calling a doctor. If you're hemorrhoids are keeping you from living the life you deserve, we hope you will choose Hemorrhoid Relief Centers as your healthcare provider. We have a proven record of helping with the diagnosis and treatment of hemorrhoids. Our staff is committed to making the patients as comfortable as possible, including compiling a list of answers to our most frequently asked questions so that patients can feel comfortable during their office visit:
WHAT ARE HEMORRHOIDS?
Hemorrhoids are vascular bundles of the anus. In the human body, we all have several blood vessels (called hemorrhoid vessels) that supply the tissues in the lower rectum. When they enlarge the pressure builds up and sometimes leads to pain and bleeding.
WHAT TYPE OF DOCTOR SHOULD I SEE FOR HEMORRHOIDS?
If warm baths, fiber, and hemorrhoid creams are not helping, you should see a specialist in the non-surgical removal of hemorrhoids. Our doctor is a colon and rectal specialist with years of training in complex colon and rectal problems, including the removal of hemorrhoids
Your first appointment at Hemorrhoid Relief center will involve a rectal examination and consultation with the doctor. From there, we will recommend the best treatment plan for you. The appropriate medical treatment will be started, and you will be shown how our hemorrhoid banding procedure works. There will be plenty of time to have any of your questions answered by the doctor. Hemorrhoid banding may be started on your first or second visit.
We suggest you allot up to an hour for your first visit with us. There are typically two to three subsequent treatment sessions required, which will be shorter than your first visit. After your hemorrhoid banding treatment, we recommend refraining from vigorous activities for the rest of the day. You may resume full activity the following day.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN during MY VISIT?
What is your payment policy?
Hemorrhoid treatment is covered by most health insurances. Please call us to verify if your insurance is accepted. We also accept private payment plans.
If I'M ON MY MENSTRUAL CYCLE, CAN I STILL COME
in for MY APPOINTMENT?
Your menstrual cycle does not affect the procedure. Yes, you can still come in for your appointment.
Can I Eat Beforehand? Is there any preparation is needed?
Fasting before treatment is not necessary. We encourage you to eat a well balanced meal before coming in. There is no preparation needed before treatment.
Do I need to have a driver with me at my appointment?
You should not need a diver for your appointment. If you are feeling nervous or uncomfortable, you may want to bring someone for support.
A colonoscopy is not typically necessary for patients suffering from hemorrhoids. In a minority of patients, anal/rectal bleeding persists, we may recommend a colonoscopy. Any patients over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy every 10 years. Patients with increased risk factors such as previous cancer, polyps, inflammatory bowel disease and 1st degree relatives with colon polyps or cancer will require colonoscopy more often. Talk to our physician about the need for colon cancer screening.