More than ten million Americans suffer from Hemorrhoids each year. While Hemorrhoids were historically associated with painful surgery, most Hemorrhoid patients today are treated quickly and painlessly in the doctor’s office.
What are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swellings in the rectum or anal area that may protrude through the anus on straining. Hemorrhoids usually contain enlarged veins and are more common in people over age 50. Hemorrhoids are commonly found in people who sit or stand a lot, or those who have a low fiber diet and poor bowel habits.
Types of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are either internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids develop inside the anus. The most common symptoms of internal hemorrhoids are bleeding during bowel movement and/or protrusion through the anus upon straining. External Hemorrhoids develop around the anus. These can be extremely painful, especially if a blood clot develops within them. They are felt as a firm lump(s) around the anus.
There are various treatment options for Hemorrhoid patients Talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you.
Hemorrhoid banding is a new, advanced treatment that ends symptoms in as little as 60 seconds. No pain medication is required and there is no recovery time. The procedure is performed in the office!
A small rubber band is placed around the tissue above the hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply. The hemorrhoid tissue and the band slough off in a few days. The soreness soon heals. During this treatment, mild discomfort and slight bleeding may occur. Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley uses the CRH banding system.
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How many visits are required for the Treatment?
For patients who have more than one hemorrhoid, two to three treatments are required. Treatments are in two-week intervals. During each treatment a different area is treated.
Will the Hemorrhoids return?
Millions of patients have been treated with IRC and banding. Experience has shown that, once treated, hemorrhoids generally do not recur.
Another Option: Infrared Coagulation ( also known as IRC)
This is the most widely used, preferred office treatment for Hemorrhoids. IRC is a quick, virtually problem-free, well-tolerated procedure. During the treatment, a small probe contacts the area above the hemorrhoid, exposing the tissue to a burst of infrared light for about one second. This ‘closes’ the vein(s) above the hemorrhoid causing it to shrink and recede. A brief sensation of heat is usually felt.
Increasing fluids and fiber in your diet will decrease the likelihood of hemorrhoids. The increase in fluid intake and fiber will soften the stool, thereby promoting more regular bowel movements.
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