Are you struggling with hemorrhoids? Although hemorrhoids can often get better on their own, a visit to your Salt Lake City, UT, physicians might be a good idea if your hemorrhoids are causing discomfort.
What are hemorrhoids?
Lumpy hemorrhoids are actually swollen blood vessels in your rectum or inside or outside your anus. They're often more noticeable when you strain during a bowel movement. You may be more likely to develop hemorrhoids if you have chronic diarrhea or constipation, strain during bowel movements, use laxatives often, or are pregnant.
Will my hemorrhoids go away?
Fortunately, hemorrhoids often get better on their own. In fact, smaller ones can go away in just a few days. If your hemorrhoids are caused by constipation or straining during bowel movements, changing your diet to include high-fiber foods that make it easier to pass stools may be helpful. Over-the-counter hemorrhoids preparations can increase your comfort by reducing pain and itching
When should I see a doctor?
If your hemorrhoids are large or don't improve after three or four days, your doctor can offer several helpful treatments, including:
- Sclerotherapy: During your visit to the Salt Lake City office, your doctor will inject a chemical into your hemorrhoids, which will shrink them. You may need to return for follow-up treatments to completely remove the hemorrhoids.
- Rubber Band Ligation: Rubber band ligation cuts off the blood supply to hemorrhoids, causing them to fall off in just a few days. Your doctor places a small rubber band around hemorrhoids during this procedure.
- Stapling: Stapling seals off blood flow to internal hemorrhoids.
- Coagulation: Coagulation offers another effective way to treat hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are exposed to heat, light or cold temperatures, which hardens and shrinks them.
- Surgery: Although most hemorrhoids respond well to less invasive treatments, surgical removal may be needed if other treatments don't work or your hemorrhoid is large. The outpatient procedure is usually performed using local anesthetic.
Have over-the-counter treatments failed to help your hemorrhoids? Call your Colon and Rectal Surgeons in Salt Lake City, at (801) 263-1621 to schedule an appointment.