Sclerotherapy for Hemroids
Article by Donald Urquhart
It’s always best to treat your hemroids at home, if you can. However, sometimes you just really need surgical intervention if you’re going to get rid of the current crop you’ve got. Having to consider a surgical procedure is never fun, but it’s worth your time to find out as much as you can about the various surgical procedures out there. They don’t all involve scalpels or lasers. Sclerotherapy for hemroids is a very mild surgical procedure that has often has good immediate results on small internal hemroids.
Sclerosis is derived from a Latin word that means “to harden” and it specifically refers to the hardening of tissue. There are times that it is part of a disease, which is obviously no fun. At other times it’s used to help health problems, at which point it’s usually referred to as sclerotherapy. Varicose veins and hemroids are the two most frequent health problems that are commonly treated by sclerotherapy. The vein walls are injected with a chemical that causes the walls to harden and thicken, effectively blocking off the blood flow. Of course, when a hemroid is completely cut off from blood supply, it shrivels up and sloughs off.
Sclerotherapy for hemroids is often performed on very old or very young people with small internal hemroids. These two age groups often cannot stand more invasive surgical procedures, so sclerotherapy presents a good option for them. Sclerotherapy only works on internal hemroids that can be completely cut off by the hardening and thickening of the vein wall, which limits its use to small hemroids. It’s really best on people who have many small hemroids, as multiple hemroids can be treated at once with sclerotherapy.
The sclerotherapy injection is usually done under a local anesthetic so that it doesn’t hurt at all. The doctor may use ultrasound imaging to guide the needle to exactly where he wants it. The vein walls will then thicken over several days. There are a very few side effects that can happen, though they are extremely rare. The injection site may get infected, the solution can miss the vein and make somewhere else harden, or the vein walls may not harden enough and cause more hemroid problems instead of fixing them. However, these problematic side effects only occur in 0.02 percent of the people who ever get sclerotherapy for hemroids. The most problematic aspect of sclerotherapy for hemroids is its recurrence rate. Whenever you get hemroids, there is a lot of weakened tissue around the area, and this weakened tissue is prone to developing into hemroids later.
Sclerotherapy for hemroids is often the best option for a lot of people. It can deal with a particular case of hemroids pretty quickly to let you get back on track. Like all other surgical treatments, though, it does no good if you don’t try to address the underlying causes of hemroids. Follow your surgeon’s instructions exactly for both before and after the sclerotherapy injections, change to a good, balanced high fiber diet when you can, get enough exercise and take responsibility for any health problems you may have. By doing so, you ensure as long, healthy and happy life as possible.
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