Hemorrhoid treatment in Los Angeles can run the gamut from home remedies all the way up through surgical interventions. Along the way are a number of intermediate options which are more invasive than a sitz bath, but far less invasive than conventional surgery.
The Proctology Institute is widely regarded as the leader in minimally invasive hemorrhoid treatments in LA, which is why we are constantly updating our website and this blog with the very latest news and information.
Case in point: this study, which looked at the comparative risks and benefits of two common hemorrhoid treatments: rubber band ligation, and artery ligation. The results clearly indicated that artery ligation required fewer follow-ups to achieve the same success:
After 19 months of recruitment from 18 UK centres we gathered data on 372 participants. One year post-procedure 30% of haemorrhoidal artery ligation group had evidence of recurrence and 49% after RBL (p=0.001). The main reason for the difference was the number of extra procedures required to achieve improvement/cure. If repeat RBL is not counted as recurrence there was no statistical difference between groups (adjusted odds ratio=1.53, 95% CI 0.96 to 2.44, p=0.071).
But declaring a clear winner gets tricky. It turns out that rubber band ligation offered a number of tangible benefits in the study as well: patients reported far less pain and shorter recovery times. And the procedure was less expensive.
So what’s the takeaway? There is no one-size-fits-all hemorrhoid treatment. But if you require rubber band ligation for hemorrhoids, you may find that the trade-off in time is worth it for the extra comfort and savings you’ll get.