Treatment Options for Hemorrhoids

Some people successfully apply natural procedures for treatment or reversal of chronic conditions. These procedures largely echo the prevention measures. However, you should always inform your doctor of any self-care measures you have taken, including herbal or “natural” remedies, to avoid possible drug interactions. Although unorthodox, olive oil has been known to bring relief.If a blood clot has formed within an external hemorrhoid, your doctor can easily remove the clot with a simple incision, which may provide prompt relief.

Some people require the following medical treatments for chronic or severe hemorrhoids:
 
Rubber band ligation are elastic bands which are applied onto an internal hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply. Within several days, the withered hemorrhoid is sloughed off during normal bowel movement.
 
Hemorrhoidolysis/Galvanic Electrotherapy which involves desiccation of the hemorrhoid by electrical current.

In sclerotherapy (injection therapy) sclerosant or hardening agent is injected into hemorrhoids. This causes the vein walls to collapse and the hemorrhoids to shrivel up.
 
Cryosurgery helps in destroying hemorrhoidal tissues by using frozen tip of a cryoprobe. Rarely used anymore because of side effects.
 
Surgical procedures

The vast majority of patients with symptom-causing hemorrhoids are able to be managed with non-surgical techniques. In the practice of a surgeon adept at managing hemorrhoids non-operatively, it is estimated that less than 10% of patients require surgery if the hemorrhoids are treated early.
 
Medications

If hemorrhoids are producing only mild discomfort, doctor may suggest over-the-counter creams, ointments or pads containing witch hazel or a topical anti-inflammatory agent containing hydrocortisone. This local treatment, in combination with daily warm baths, may relieve symptoms.



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