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How Long Does Hemorrhoid Artery Embolization Last?

Posted on June 14, 2024

Millions of people around the world are impacted by internal and external hemorrhoids. And the internal hemorrhoids are harder to treat since they affect a blood vessel network called the corpus cavernosum recti (CCR). In the past, this fact made it much harder to find lasting relief for internal hemorrhoids. However, today, there is a procedure called hemorrhoid artery embolization (HAE) that delivers lasting relief from painful and disruptive symptoms such as prolapsing or chronic bleeding.

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What is hemorrhoid artery embolization?

HAE is an internal hemorrhoid treatment that provides relief by reducing blood flow to the affected vessels. To do this, doctors make a small incision and insert a catheter to your vessels, guiding it to the ones that feed the hemorrhoids. From there, they can deposit embolic material to reduce blood, shrinking the hemorrhoids without damaging surrounding tissue. In turn, you experience relief from hemorrhoids symptoms. But you can avoid side effects such as anal incontinence and rectal wounds. But how long does hemorrhoid artery embolization last when it comes to relief?

How long does hemorrhoid artery embolization last?

HAE has a 95% technical success rate, offering the best results for people who have grade 2 or 3 internal hemorrhoids. However, if you have grade 4 hemorrhoids, you may need to seek hemorrhoid removal surgery or other, more invasive, procedures.

Of course, HAE is still a newer internal hemorrhoid treatment option. So there isn't a lot of information on its long term results. However, with the data available now, it's clear that as many as 75% of patients report ongoing, significant symptom relief at the 12-month post-procedure follow-up. Furthermore, as a minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure, you can undergo HAE multiple times, still avoiding general anesthesia and overnight hospital stays. Plus, because it’s the least invasive treatment available for grade three internal hemorrhoids, it offers the promise of lasting relief for those who choose to or must avoid surgical procedures.

HAE Procedure in Georgia

Our Georgia interventional radiologists offer HAE treatment to patients with grade 2 and 3 internal hemorrhoids, allowing for less pain; shorter recovery periods; and minimal post-procedural discomfort. But are you a candidate for hemorrhoid embolization? Click here to request a consultation at the Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute, where you can explore your treatment options.

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