Sitting in sitz or warm bath, applying hemorrhoid creams and eating a high fiber diet can help relieve mild symptoms. For many however, symptoms often recur.
More severe hemorrhoid flare-up can cause bleeding, swelling or excessive pain.
Non-surgical management of hemorrhoids such as RBL is the most effective way to provide a cure without requiring painful or invasive surgery and usually can be performed on your very first visit right in the office.
Our hemorroids treatments are non-surgical with little discomfort and quick recovery.
Rubber Band Ligation (RBL)
RBL works effectively on internal hemorrhoids that irritate, protrude or bleed following bowel movements.
Straining over long periods of time, constipation, prolonged sitting, pregnancy and many other causes can result in hemorrhoids.
A special applicator is used to deliver a small rubber band over the hemorrhoid, cutting off its blood supply. The hemorrhoid and the band fall off during a regular bowel movement a few days later generally without any discomfort or pain at all.
Infrared Coagulation (IRC)
IRC is a modern technique for the management of bleeding hemorrhoids. IRC delivers photocoagulation to the hemorrhoid veins in a fast and painless manner. The veins are obliterated and the hemorrhoid shrivels up.
What to Discuss with your Doctor
You may be more likely to get hemorrhoids if your parents had them. Constipation is oftentimes the main cause of hemorrhoids as well as frequent episodes of diarrhea. Other contributing factors include aging, obesity, straining during bowel movements, sitting too long on the toilet, or standing or lifting too much. Pregnant women often get hemorrhoids because of the strain from carrying the baby and from giving birth. For most women, such hemorrhoids are a temporary problem.
No. There is no relationship between hemorrhoids and cancer. However, the symptoms of hemorrhoids, can be similar to those of colorectal cancer and other diseases of the digestive system. Therefore, do not rely on over-the-counter medications or other self-treatments. See a colorectal surgeon first so your symptoms can be properly evaluated and effective treatment prescribed.
The following are tips for hemorrhoid prevention: Include more fiber in your diet. Fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, and whole-grain breads and cereals are good sources of fiber. Drink plenty of fluids. Eight glasses of water each day is ideal. Do not read on the toilet. Sitting and straining too long encourages swelling. Exercise regularly. Avoid laxatives, except bulk-forming laxatives, such as Fiberall®, Metamucil®, etc. Other types of laxatives can lead to diarrhea, which can worsen hemorrhoids. When you feel the need to have a bowel movement, don’t wait for long periods before using the bathroom.
If you develop a hemorrhoidal flare-up or excessive pain, call to schedule an appointment right away to help prevent complications. The following measures may help minimize your discomfort. • Take warm soaks three or four times a day and after every bowel movement. • Clean your anal area after each bowel movement by patting gently with moist toilet paper or moistened pads, such as baby wipes. Do not scrub the area or use any soaps. • Use ice packs to relieve swelling. • Apply a cream that contains witch hazel to the area or use a numbing ointment. • Avoid constipation by drinking up to 8 glasses of water a day and eating a diet high in fiber. • Consider adding a bulk fiber agent such as Citrucel® or Metamucil® as well as a daily stool softener such as Colace®.