Hemorrhoids are a common and bothersome problem affect three out of four people during their lives. Hemorrhoids are veins in your anal area that have become swollen or inflamed. They easily are irritated because of their location, making them prone to bleeding, itching and infection.
Hemorrhoid symptoms usually depend on their location, but common signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids may include:
There are two primary types of hemorrhoids:
Treating hemorrhoids effectively is can provide rapid relief to discomfort associated with them. If your hemorrhoids produce only mild discomfort, your doctor may suggest over-the-counter creams, ointments, suppositories or pads. These products contain ingredients, such as with hazel, or hydrocortisone and lidocaine, that can relieve pain and itching, at least temporarily. Don’t use an over-the-counter steroid cream unless recommended by your physician.
In other cases, with more disruptive hemorrhoids Infrared Coagulation (IRC) is one of the most effective treatments for hemorrhoids and is preferred over other methods because it is fast, well-tolerated by patients, and virtually problem-free. Infrared Coagulation works with small probe contacts the area above the hemorrhoid, exposing the tissue to a burst of infrared light for about one second. This coagulates the veins above the hemorrhoid causing it to shrink and recede. Also, laser hemorrhoids treatments use infrared light, a laser or an electrical current with the same efficiency.
In the event that your hemorrhoids can be treated with creams or supplements, your gastroenterologist will provide you with the prescription medication that efficiently eliminated your hemorrhoids over two to three weeks, with noticeable results within the first three days. However, if your hemorrhoid requires a surgical your physician will use an anoscope to access the hemorrhoid within the rectum. The infrared coagulation hemorrhoid treatment procedure, you will be sedated and laying on your side. The treatment takes approximately 15 minutes and is painless, though in some cases more than one procedure may be required.
With regards infrared coagulation treatments, the hemorrhoids are literally vaporized. Because of the pin point accuracy of the laser, surrounding tissue can remain unharmed. The laser seals off nerves and tiny blood vessels. This means less bleeding for the patient and less stress on the body when performing the procedure. The benefits of laser hemorrhoid surgery are:
First, when you arrive at our office you will be welcomed by our thoughtful staff and a dedicated team of experts that deliver personalize care. To add to your comfort level, we strive to keep the same physicians and nursing staff with the patient throughout all your appointments at the center. In this way, the staff gets to understand the patient’s concerns and conditions, and you get to know the persons taking care of you on a personal level.
Also, we strive to make your visit as hassle free as possible. We accurately schedule visits in advance, provide convenient onsite parking, and keep your waiting period to an absolute minimum. This is achieved by the fact that no emergency procedures are placed in front of your scheduled time (such as in most hospitals). Also, we do not double book patient appointments, when you are scheduled to be treated that time is assigned only to you.
When undergoing a surgical hemorrhoid treatment, the following will apply to your procedural visit:
The most important thing to remember is not to worry! Our gastroenterologist are highly experienced physicians and we have completed thousands of hemorrhoid treatments, also we supply our gastroenterologist with only the best equipment to increase safety, as well as diagnostic and treatment effectiveness. Last, but certainly not least, please ask any questions you may have of your healthcare team, who will be there for you during and after your procedure, and all of whom are dedicated to ensure you receive the best care possible.
IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTE
We recommend that people experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms do not attempt self-treatment. With many medications being available over the counter, and numerous do-it-yourself online unqualified remedy recommendation, it is natural to consider treating yourself but we highly recommend against this.
If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms you may have a more significant issue than you would expect from the sometimes muted or infrequent symptom you may be experiencing. It is important to keep in mind that is you are having gastrointestinal symptoms or concerns it is best see a doctor to have those symptoms diagnosed and any conditions treated. Also, it is worth noting, that if health conditions do exist, the earlier they are diagnosed and treated, the greater the probability will be to successfully eliminate or manage a present condition, in fact successful outcomes will increase significantly with early detection.
If you have gastrointestinal concerns or are experiencing any gastrointestinal symptoms, please contact us promptly to schedule a consultation with a physician.
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