Surgery Vs. Non-Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatments

internal hemorrhoid treatmentHemorrhoids are extremely common and impact more than half of the population throughout their lives. Many people have them but are afraid of talking to their doctor about it, and more might be turned off at the possibility of surgery. Luckily, there are non-surgical hemorrhoid treatments available to you.

At the Center for GI Health, Beverly Hills GI doctor Dr. Ari Nowain performs an innovative non-surgical hemorrhoid treatment. It’s known as hemorrhoid band ligation. To find out if this is the right treatment for you, contact Dr. Nowain today at (310) 657-4444.

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are veins in the lower rectum that become engorged and can be located internally or externally. Most people find it difficult to know the difference between an internal or external hemorrhoid, so the best measure is to have a physical examination in order to determine which type of hemorrhoid is there.

Some are lucky and their hemorrhoids subside without medical intervention. However, with most of the population, treatment is necessary to relieve symptoms and help hemorrhoids resolve. There are several treatment options, beyond surgery, that are available for patients experiencing hemorrhoids.

Treatment for External Hemorrhoids

The treatment for hemorrhoids depends on their location and severity of the hemorrhoids. External hemorrhoids are usually a result of blood clots and can resolve on their own. In the event that they persist, Dr. Nowain offers a variety of treatment options, including:

  • Prescription-strength creams
  • Numbing gels
  • Medicated baths to help reduce pain and swelling
  • Surgical removal

Treatment for Internal Hemorrhoids

For internal hemorrhoids, treatment methods vary from those of external hemorrhoids. Treatment alternatives include:

  • Sclerotherapy involves injecting the vein with a solution causing it to collapse. It is common to have recurrences of hemorrhoids with this procedure.
  • Surgical hemorrhoidectomy, which is the surgical removal of the hemorrhoid. It is extremely effective but has a painful recovery period that typically lasts two to three weeks after the surgery.
  • Hemorrhoid band ligation, a non-surgical procedure where the hemorrhoid is suctioned with a small device, and a rubber band is placed at the end of the hemorrhoid.

Why Banding is the Preferred Method?

This minimally invasive procedure is very effective – with minimal to no pain. With hemorrhoid banding, a small rubber band is gently placed at the base of the hemorrhoid, cutting off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid. In two to three days, the banded hemorrhoid will spontaneously fall off without the patient noticing this event. As opposed to surgery, hemorrhoid band ligation is performed above the nerve line where there are little to no pain nerve sensors. Hemorrhoid band ligation can often eliminate the need for surgery and give adequate relief of hemorrhoidal symptoms. While only one column of hemorrhoids can be treated per visit, sometimes leading to multiple visits, banding is cheaper and less painful than surgery.

Banding has a high success rate, reduced rate of complications, and the reduced rate of hemorrhoid reoccurrence among patients. This technique is safer for a number of reasons:

  • The instruments used are smaller – making the procedure more comfortable for patients.
  • The instruments used are single use and 100% disposable – nearly eliminating the risk of contamination and infection.
  • Patients do not undergo anesthesia.

Some additional benefits of the procedure include very minimal recovery time and little to no pain.

Would You Like to Discuss Hemorrhoid Treatment Options?

Dr. Nowain has years of experience in treating hemorrhoids with a quick, in-office, pain-free banding procedure. He is also knowledgeable of alternative treatment options, depending on whether you suffer from internal or external hemorrhoids. If you are tired of dealing with the discomfort associated with hemorrhoids, call (310) 657-4444 to schedule an appointment today.