What is it about hemorrhoids that prevents us from seeking a doctor’s help if there’s a problem? It’s probably our discomfort discussing topics related to bowel movements that stops us. However, embarrassment mustn’t let you delay making an appointment with a qualified colorectal surgeon if you have persistent bleeding and itching from an external or internal hemorrhoid.
Most importantly, you can’t assume you have hemorrhoids; a board-certified surgeon such as the colorectal experts at the Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence are the best ones to accurately diagnose your condition. If a hemorrhoid problem is confirmed then you’ll receive a specialist’s recommendation for treatment. If you’ve tried over-the-counter remedies then you might need a hemorrhoidectomy to remove the growth.
Start With An Examination
The severity of your hemorrhoid symptoms will determine the best treatment for you. While external hemorrhoids can be visually checked, internal types require a different method. La Peer surgeons use an anoscope to examine the area just inside the rectum. The device has a light at one end giving a clear view of the anal walls to reveal any obstructions that have developed.
If it’s confirmed that you have hemorrhoids then your doctor can recommend treatment options. Otherwise, you might need a colonoscopy for a more extensive examination of your large intestines.
Symptoms Required for A Hemorrhoidectomy
Even though a hemorrhoidectomy is a minimally invasive procedure it is still a form of surgery, and doctors, including the surgeons at Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence prefer a conservative approach first.
The procedure is usually considered when the following conditions are present:
- Both types of hemorrhoids are present (internal and external)
- Internal hemorrhoids are very large
- Internal hemorrhoids persist after nonsurgical treatment
- Anal area cannot remain clean due to large external hemorrhoids
- Conservative treatment doesn’t heal external hemorrhoids
Rather than removing the entire hemorrhoid, a new stapling procedure allows surgeons to replace a portion of the hemorrhoid then close the area. Part of the hemorrhoid remains serving to cushion the anal area.
The procedure is outpatient and only 30 to 45 minutes in duration. After a short recovery in the waiting room, you can either return home or to work and resume your day.
Learn About Hemorrhoidectomy Surgery Today
If hemorrhoids continue you bother you and previous treatment wasn’t successful, then minimally invasive hemorrhoid surgery might be the ideal treatment for you. Contact the Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence today at 888.742.2023 to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified colorectal surgeons.