Hemorrhoids can be treated in a number of different ways, from home remedies to nonsurgical and surgical interventions in a doctor’s office or surgical center. If you suffer from internal, external, or thrombosed hemorrhoids, it’s important to understand your options for effective treatment and pain relief.
Generally the type of hemorrhoid treatment you can expect will depend on the severity of your symptoms. Hemorrhoids which are mildly painful or itchy, or which leave blood in the stool once but never again, can usually be treated through behavioral or dietary changes such as adding fiber to the diet, stool softeners, applying topical creams, or sitz baths. As I have discussed in my previous blogs, it is always important to take rectal bleeding very seriously and never assume it is necessarily coming from your hemorrhoids.
When hemorrhoids do not resolve by themselves, it is time to visit an expert hemorrhoid doctor for the right hemorrhoid treatment such as a proctologist for more aggressive measures, including:
- Sclerotherapy, in which a solution is injected into the hemorrhoids to scar the tissue, a fast and painless procedure which essentially “kills” the hemorrhoids without undue surgery
- Rubber band ligation, or hemorrhoid banding, in which small elastic bands are placed at the base of the internal hemorrhoids, cutting the blood flow by ligating the hemorrhoid and prompting them to fall off on their own
- Infrared Coagulation, in which gentle IR (infrared) radiation creates scar tissue, helping to remove the hemorrhoids via thermal energy
To understand your options for hemorrhoid treatment in Los Angeles and Newport Beach better, simply reach out to us today.