Hemorrhoid sufferers know the pain and irritation hemorrhoids can cause. Using over-the-counter methods are generally enough to keep the problem under control and provide relief, but for those who suffer severe cases, there is new help, Hemorrhoid Laser Treatment.
Hemorrhoid Laser Treatment uses a small, pinpoint accurate laser to essentially vaporize the hemorrhoid. This can be done as an outpatient procedure and no hospital stay is required. There is minimal recovery time or discomfort.
There are still some drawbacks to this surgery, which include; cost, finding a skilled surgeon, and this surgery generally is used for external hemorrhoids as opposed to internal hemorrhoids.
If you have been a longtime sufferer of severe hemorrhoids, this may be a viable option for you. You can discuss the pros and cons with your doctor and decide on the course of treatment that is best suited to you.
Understanding hemorrhoids is the first step to deciding what course of treatment is best suited to you. Hemorrhoids are an enlarged vein (varicose) in the anus. It becomes inflamed and the pain is due to pressure & swelling. Causes of hemorrhoids can be any of the following:
- Sitting or standing for long periods
- Heavy lifting
- Straining during bowel movements
When you suspect you have a hemorrhoid, the first course of action is to use an over-the-counter cream, which helps with the swelling which in turn reduces pain. However, this method does not treat the cause of the hemorrhoid to begin with, so after a short time, they will inevitably return.
For severe cases, that no longer respond to other treatments, Laser surgery may be the best option. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. The doctor will use a small, pinpoint accurate laser to help vaporize the hemorrhoids. The procedure creates scar tissue to the surrounding blood vessels so the hemorrhoid has no blood source and will shrink and fall off. Only one hemorrhoid can be treated in a session; if you need several, you will have to return in a few weeks to have another procedure.
Risks involved include some bleeding in the rectal area after this surgery, due to the hemorrhoid falling off. A stool softener is often recommended to prevent straining during bowel movements, which can be painful. Cold compresses or sitz baths can be used to help with any discomfort you may feel.
After surgery, to keep hemorrhoids at bay, its suggested to eat a high fiber diet, get regular exercise and drink plenty of water to flush out you system.
Educate yourself about your options, speak with your doctor and you may find Hemorrhoid Laser Surgery is the right choice for you.