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Why Choose Hemorrhoid Embolization

Posted on October 22, 2023
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Why choose hemorrhoid embolization over other minimally invasive internal hemorrhoid treatments? And what are the other treatment options for your condition? This post shares all the important information.

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, those swollen veins in your anus or lower rectum, can take two forms: internal, meaning they've developed inside your rectum, and external, meaning they've developed on the outside. While external hemorrhoids are typically more painful, internal hemorrhoids can also cause itchiness and discomfort, along with bleeding.

As a result, chronic bleeding is the most common symptom for people with internal hemorrhoids. And that's why we see many patients coming into our Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute who have noticed blood in their stool.

Treating Hemorrhoids in Georgia: What are the Options?

To date, you can choose from several minimally invasive internal hemorrhoid treatment options. Some involve lifestyle changes such as modifying your diet; others require oral medications or injections; still others entail procedures like a rubber band ligation. However, these options fail at least 10% of patients with internal hemorrhoids.

In the past, that meant having to schedule hemorrhoidectomy surgery to remove your swollen veins.  However, as with any surgery, there were risks of complications. Luckily, there's now a better option available: hemorrhoid embolization.

Understanding Hemorrhoid Embolization

For approximately 10 years, hemorrhoid embolization has offered minimally-invasive treatment for stage 1 through stage 3 level internal hemorrhoids. Unlike other treatment options, hemorrhoid embolization doesn't lead to anal incontinence and won't cause rectal wounds. Plus, you don't lose the tissue that surrounds your hemorrhoids, and you don't have to have general anesthesia or stay overnight in the hospital. And, within three days of the procedure, most patients can resume all normal activities.

While these are all clear benefits, you may wonder, how long does hemorrhoid embolization last? Here again, the news is promising. Because the success rate for hemorrhoid embolization is about 90%, whereas many other treatment options come with 49% recurrence rates.

Looking for lasting relief from the discomfort, itchiness and bleeding of internal hemorrhoids, but hoping to avoid invasive surgery, major lifestyle changes or even the high likelihood of recurrence after treatment? Contact the Georgia Hemorrhoid Institute to connect with our interventional radiologists. We'll schedule you for a consultation and determine whether you're a good candidate for hemorrhoid embolization.

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