Tying Off Hemorrhoids
Rubber band ligation, which is essentially tying off hemorrhoids, is a minimally invasive way to treat swollen anal veins. It involves the placement of small rubber bands around the bottom of the hemorrhoid. Within a week or so, the swollen tissue falls off because of a lack of circulation. There may be some slight bleeding after the procedure, although this normal. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any discomfort. There are two other minimally invasive options that may be performed at an L.A. hemorrhoid treatment center:
- Injection (sclerotherapy): A chemical solution is used to shrink hemorrhoid tissue.
- Coagulation: Heat is used to cause an internal hemorrhoid to harden and shrivel.
Another alternative to traditional hemorrhoid surgery is hemorrhoid stapling (stapled hemorrhoidectomy). Performed on internal hemorrhoids that have prolapsed – extending from the rectum through the anus – or ones causing severe bleeding, this procedure is performed with a stapling device. It's used to attach the affected tissue to its normal position.
If you have successful results at a hemorrhoid treatment center in Los Angeles, it can be helpful to take additional steps to keep swollen anal veins from developing again. Eating more high-fiber foods, for example, can reduce your risk of developing constipation. You may also be advised to drink more water, avoid using dry toilet paper, and not use perfumed or alcohol-based wipes. Recurrence in the affected area is low if your hemorrhoids are removed with surgery.