Internal Hemorrhoids Treatment

Hemorrhoids can be quite painful, but it’s good to know that there are several types of internal hemorrhoids treatment available. While some hemorrhoids do heal on their own, medical intervention is often necessary. For internal hemorrhoids treatment there are five common methods.

1)    Injection Sclerotherapy

A substance is injected into the hemorrhoid and causes the vein walls to collapse and the hemorrhoid shrivels away, or shrinks.
•    Advantages
o    Generally an out-patient procedure
o    Safe to use in the elderly
o    Long-lasting treatment
o    Can treat 3 hemorrhoids with one injection

•    Disadvantages
o    Hemorrhoid can eventually return
o    Not effective for larger hemorrhoids

2)    Infrared Photocoagulation

An infrared beam of light is used to cause a clot in the vein, cutting off blood supply to the hemorrhoid.

•    Advantages
o    Generally an out-patient procedure
o    Provides fast relief
o    Provides more permanent relief
o    Can be performed on elderly

•    Disadvantages
o    This treatment is quite painful
o    Not effective for larger hemorrhoids
o    Cannot be used to treat multiple hemorrhoids at one time
o    Expensive, although not as expensive as surgery

3)    Hemorrhoidectomy

A hemorrhoidectomy is the surgical removal of hemorrhoids.
•    Advantages
o    Provides long-term relief
o    Effective on larger hemorrhoids

•    Disadvantages
o    Expensive
o    Requires a hospital stay
o    Requires recuperation time

4)    Rubber Band Ligation

An effective treatment for internal hemorrhoids, rubber band ligation involves placing a small rubber band at the base of the hemorrhoid, which cuts off the blood supply, causing the hemorrhoid to shrivel up and disappear in four to seven days.

•    Advantages
o    Can treat more than one hemorrhoid
o    Effective on larger hemorrhoids

•    Disadvantages
o    Can cause severe pain
o    Can cause secondary hemorrhage

5)   Laser Coagulation

Laser coagulation sends an electric current to the hemorrhoids, shutting down the blood supply, causing the inflamed hemorrhoid to shrink.

•    Advantages
o    Patients usually heal faster than with a hemorrhoidectomy
o    Less complications occur
o    Often done as an out-patient treatment
o    Bleeding during surgery is minimal using lasers
o    Other tissues near the hemorrhoid are not damaged due to accuracy

•    Disadvantages
o    Expensive
o    Treatment is not available in some areas
o    Infection can occur
o    Laser surgeries can cause a fire

To prevent future hemorrhoids, increase your daily fiber intake, drink at least eight glasses of water per day, practice good hygiene and increase your physical activity level. All these things can help to prevent future problems. If you are currently suffering, there are several options for internal hemorrhoids treatment, depending on the severity of the problem.

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