Most patients who suffer from hemorrhoids can use over the counter medications to relieve themselves of the discomfort that the condition causes. Patients are also advised to follow a change in diet, adding more fiber-rich food to their diet, in addition to increasing their fluid intake. External hemorrhoids respond very well to simple, over the counter treatments and lifestyle changes, but not all internal hemorrhoids can be cured so easily.
It is always best to have a doctor fully evaluate the area so you can rule out other possible anorectal conditions. The doctors at the CTColorectal are well-versed in all types of hemorrhoidal treatments. For patients that have bothersome internal hemorrhoids, a surgical operation called the THD procedure is often suggested.
In THD, the surgeon uses a small anoscope that has a Doppler transducer ultrasound. This device, when inserted, identifies the problem areas. Following this, a suture is made to decrease the blood flow.
This simple procedure can be performed in an ambulatory setting, and patients can return home the same day. Twilight sedation or local anesthesia can be used, depending upon the patient's preferences. As opposed to more intense surgical procedures performed to remove hemorrhoids, this quick procedure relieves hemorrhoids without surgical incisions.
However, with any hemorrhoidal treatment, it typically is necessary to add more fiber and fluids to the diet, no matter how the hemorrhoid is treated. This is a preventative measure to stop recurrence and future surgeries and procedures.
If you would like to learn more about THD procedure, or how to relieve hemorrhoidal issues, please call the CTColorectal at 203-281- 7000 to speak with a member of our professional staff. Your health is always our top priority.