Hemorrhoids, although rarely dangerous, can be painful and recurring. Fortunately there is a lot that can be done to get rid of hemorrhoids. Some hemorrhoids cannot be brought under control using conservative methods either because the symptoms are persistent or because an internal hemorrhoid has prolapsed. This is when hemorrhoid removal usually comes into play.
Non-Surgical Hemorrhoid Removal Methods
There are two general types of hemorrhoid removal: surgical and non-surgical. The most commonly used non surgical hemorrhoid removal procedure is rubber band ligation. This involves placing an elastic band around the base of the hemorrhoid. The band cuts off the blood supply so that the hemorrhoid will shrink and the surrounding tissue will scar as it heals, holding the hemorrhoid in place. This non surgical hemorrhoid removal procedure is usually done three or four times to completely get rid of the hemorrhoids.
Another non surgical hemorrhoid treatment option which can be used is laser or infrared coagulation. This non surgical hemorrhoid treatment option works on the same principle as the rubber band ligation but it is not quite as effective in preventing hemorrhoids from coming back. The heat that is created by the laser or infrared light causes scar tissue. This scar tissue cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid which then dies. It usually works in 70% and its disadvantages include pain during procedure and bleeding after the hemorrhoid falls off. This option is are popular however because it is quick to do and very well tolerated by most patients.
Hemorrhoid Removal Surgery Options
Removing hemorrhoids using surgery is typically done for large, protruding hemorrhoids. An hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical procedure in which a doctor makes a narrow incision around the surrounding tissue to remove it and the blood vessels in it. This method of removing hemorrhoids is very effective and has very few complications associated with it. A patient can generally return to his/her normal daily activities including work within ten to fourteen days after having surgery. Another rather new surgical hemorrhoid removal procedure which can be done involves the use of staples. This is used for prolapsed internal hemorrhoids wherein a surgeon uses a stapling device to anchor hemorrhoids into their normal position. This type of surgical procedure is very effective and only needs to be done one time. And probably the most popular is hemorrhoids laser treatment which includes faster recovery time and destroys the hemorrhoid completely.
It is always best to try non surgical hemorrhoid removal over surgery and natural hemorrhoid treatment first over any of the removal methods. This is because any surgical procedure carries risks such as infection, reactions to anesthesia and slow healing times. Anyone with problems ridding themselves of hemorrhoids using natural or over-the-counter remedies should see their doctor to discuss hemorrhoid removal options.