Hemorrhoids

Banding ligation means that hemorrhoid relief is just a non-surgical treatment away. The pain, itching, and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids are no longer something you need to suffer through. We know hemorrhoids can be embarrassing and painful to deal with, and we're here to remove them quickly and painlessly. If your problem is not hemorrhoids, we will guide you on what to do. Call us today to book your appointment.

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are vascular bundles of the anus. The truth is, we were all born with hemorrhoids. In the human body, we all have several blood vessels (called hemorrhoid vessels) that supply the tissues in the lower rectum. They form cushions that help fill the rectum and aid in continence. There are actually two types of hemorrhoids: internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids.

Internal Hemorrhoids

Your internal hemorrhoids are connected to the muscles surrounding your rectum by connective tissue. These hemorrhoids can become enlarged leading to a discharge of infected mucous that causes skin infections, rash, and itching. As the hemorrhoids continue to enlarge they may break their connective tissue and protrude outside the anal canal which is called prolapse. Internal hemorrhoid swelling is the main cause of rectal bleeding and pressure. 

External Hemorrhoids

Your external hemorrhoids are under the skin of the opening of the anus. External hemorrhoid swelling leads to pressure and make hygiene difficult. Blood clots in the external hemorrhoids lead to a painful thrombosis that may rupture and bleed. 

Although we all technically have hemorrhoids, not all of us experience problems from our hemorrhoids. A combination of genetics lead to decreased connective tissue strength and increased pelvic pressure which can cause these blood vessels to swell. This leads to pain, itching, leakage, and bleeding. In addition, straining from constipation or diarrhea, core exercising, heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, pregnancy, or even traveling may exacerbate your hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoid Treatments

Virtually every person suffering from any sort of anal/rectal problem thinks that it is hemorrhoids. If you are experiencing itching, bleeding, or protrusions it's important for you to get a proper diagnosis before undergoing any treatment. 

If you do have hemorrhoid problems, many cases can be treated without surgery. Treatment for hemorrhoids with creams and suppositories has been unsuccessful in many cases. Topical Diltiazem and the analgesic Lidocaine will reduce anal pressure, swelling, pain, and bleeding, however are not a cure-all method for hemorrhoid treatment. 

Hemorrhoid Banding Ligation

The best hemorrhoid treatment is done through rubber band ligation. It is safe and effective. The hemorrhoid banding procedure is done with gentle suction to place the rubber band over one internal hemorrhoid per treatment. Two to three banding sessions are usually required. After the band is placed, the hemorrhoidal tissue dies and is passed during a bowel movement. This will form a small scar making it less likely for the hemorrhoid to recur or prolapse. The procedure takes only seconds and is nearly painless. 

Hemorrhoid relief through banding can be quick and easy with the Hemorrhoid Relief Center. Call us today - get back to the life you deserve.

Cryotherapy

This procedure involves freezing your hemorrhoids. It is typically very painful and no longer recommended to treat hemorrhoids.

Infrared coagulation (IRC) 

Infrared coagulation or IRC has proven to be less successful than originally hoped and made external hemorrhoids worse in some cases.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is an injection of liquids that clot the hemorrhoids. This is an outdated procedure that is painful for the patient and rarely used anymore.

Hemorrhoidectomy

In this surgery, any internal or external hemorrhoids are excised and the tissue is either sewn closed, or left open to heal naturally.  The healing process is long and typically painful. You should expect to be home on pain medication for two to three weeks. 

Dilation

Dilation treatment is an approach in which the anus is forcefully dilated to reduce the tightness and pressure placed on the hemorrhoid vessels. While this treatment typically cures hemorrhoids, it can lead to fecal incontinence. 

Sphincterotomy

This is similar to dilation, but a bit more severe. In this procedure, the anal sphincter is partly cut to loosen it, lessening the pressure caused by hemorrhoids. 

Hemorrhoid treatment can be quick and easy with the Hemorrhoid Relief Center.