Don’t wait for your discomfort to go away when you can get fast and effective hemorrhoid treatments. There are four tiers for fast and effective hemorrhoid treatments for sufferers. A good colorectal doctor can help patients navigate these treatment options. While the causes of hemorrhoids are varying, including straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, obesity, anal sex, bad diet and genetics, there are specific steps and treatment options from which to choose.
Four tiers for fast and effective hemorrhoid treatments:
1. Lifestyle changes to reduce hemorrhoids
2. Over-the-counter options for hemorrhoid treatments
3. Non-surgical options for hemorrhoid treatments
4. Surgery for hemorrhoid treatments
Lifestyle changes to reduce hemorrhoids
A healthy lifestyle is the first step to healing your body:
Eat Well – A high fiber diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is always the best path toward creating a digestive tract that moves everything through efficiently.
Good Potty Habits – Don’t sit on the toilet for extended periods of time, don’t strain, don’t push, don’t create a situation that feels unnatural.
Avoid Sitting – For those who sit for hours and hours, finding a standing solution can remove the stress on your rectum.
Exercise/Lose Weight – Keeping active and living a good life where muscle and cardiovascular workouts are part of the daily regimen will help optimize the digestive system and prevent hemorrhoids.
Over-the-counter options for fast and effective hemorrhoid treatments
For many people, a change in diet and living a healthy lifestyle is not enough to alleviate the burning, aching and general discomfort that comes with this chronic condition. Before seeking more aggressive treatment options, here are a few options to consider:
Warm Bath – Fill a bathtub with a few inches of water. Soak for about 20 minutes three times a day.
Sitz Bath – A sitz bath cleans the perineum (the space around the rectum). Visit your local drug store and ask for this convenient method for relief.
Topical Relief Gels – Over the counter creams are the most common way to treat hemorrhoids. The advantages of rub on relief is that these wipes and creams tend to have few side effects. But the benefits are temporary and generally not effective for persistant symptoms. Perhaps the most popular option is the “Witch Hazel” treatment which are readily available at most drug stores. The main extract includes calcium oxalate with other key essential oils.
Cold Packs – Putting a small cold pack on the troubled areas a few times a day can provide temporary relief to hemorrhoids. This option can be inconvenient, but will certainly help in a pinch.
Non-surgical options for fast and effective hemorrhoid treatments
A good colorectal surgeon will help explain the options below when healthy lifestyle and over-the-counter options do not provide the relief needed. With these treatments, patients can avoid the ill effects of sedation. And often those patients taking blood thinners or other medications do not have to stop them to undergo these treatments. Good non-surgical options include:
Sclero Therapy – A minimally invasive hemorrhoid treatment, Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a chemical through an anosope into the vascular component of the hemorrhoid. This causes it to scar and shrink resulting in the elimination of bleeding and other symptoms. (It is similar to the way spider veins are treated on your legs.) There are no diet preparations needed and the procedure takes less than a minute and is effective within days.
Rubber Band ligation – This treatment involves no preparation or anesthesia. It is an office procedure that can take place in less than a minute. Multiple ligations can take place at once. There is generally little recovery and a fast return to normal activity.
HET™ bipolar system – This proprietary technology is an innovative and non-surgical hemorrhoid therapy. It involves an energy source which denatures the blood vessels in the hemorrhoid, damaging the hemorrhoid tissue only. It causes the hemorrhoids to shrink and stop bleeding. There is little to no colateral damage to the other tissue. Patients can generally expect a quick recovery and return to normal. This procedure can be performed without anesthesia.
Surgery for fast and effective hemorrhoid treatments
In Dr. Aronoff’s practice the hemorrhoidectomy can be performed within his offices on an out-patient basis.
Hemorrhoidectomy – Surgery involves removing both internal and external hemorrhoids. It is performed with some form of sedation. Generally there is no preparation. As with any surgical procedure, the recovery can be variable. This procedure is the gold standard by which all other surgical options are compared. It generally is used on select patients who either do not qualify for the above less-invasive methods or who have severe disease.