Chronic Hemorrhoids

50% of Americans will experience hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. In most cases, hemorrhoids will go away on their own, or they can be treated with lifestyle changes, diet modification, topical creams or medications/supplements. For some, however, hemorrhoids do not respond to these “conservative” treatments and the symptoms of bleeding, itching and difficult/painful bowel movements can impact their lives. These are known as chronic hemorrhoids.

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Left untreated, chronic hemorrhoids can prolapse or even burst. They can also cause blood clots, infection, perianal thrombosis and other health conditions.

Hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical procedure to remove chronic hemorrhoids. However, this approach has risks and complications can include infection, bleeding, difficulty emptying the bladder, rectal prolapse and more. In addition, it can be as long as 3-6 weeks before a full recovery.

At Precision IR, we offer an alternative treatment for chronic hemorrhoids:

Hemorrhoidal artery embolization (HAE)

HAE is a new and less invasive procedure to treat chronic, persistent hemorrhoids. During the procedure, our interventional radiologist inserts a catheter into an artery in the upper thigh, then advances it through the blood vessels to the rectal artery. A metal coil (or coils) is placed into the artery, which cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid(s). This causes them to shrink, and symptoms are relieved. HAE is an outpatient procedure, and you are able to return home the same day and resume most normal activities.

If chronic hemorrhoids are keeping you from living your best life, visit our contact page or call us at 947-228-5500 to schedule a consultation. We’ll work with all members of your care team to find the treatment that is right for you.

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