Treating hemorrhoids is one of my principal jobs as just one of two practicing proctologists in the state of California. Yet hemorrhoid treatment is something of a nebulous term, as the recommended treatments can vary widely depending each individual’s history and anatomy.
Some patients will see a better prognosis with rubber band ligation, while others may respond favorably to sclerotherapy or infrared coagulation. The only way to tell for sure which hemorrhoid treatment suits you is to speak with a hemorrhoid doctor. But how can you know when to call the experts?
Consider this article, which describes the basic rules of home hemorrhoid treatment, includes this valuable reminder that a hemorrhoid doctor can help out far more than rest and exercise:
If your hemorrhoids haven’t responded to self-care steps within two weeks, see your doctor. Your problem could be something else, such as an abscess (pus that collects near the anus) or fissure (a tear in the tissue lining the anus). If you’re also experiencing bleeding or you’re age 50 or older and have never had a colonoscopy, your doctor may order one to rule out the possibility of cancer or inflammatory bowel disease.
At the Los Angeles and Orange County Proctology Institute, we offer diagnostic screenings including colonoscopy, as well as several options for lasting hemorrhoid removal in Beverly Hills.