Hemorrhoids may not be the most discussed health topic, but about 75% of adults experience them at some point. Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels near your rectum or anus, and those swollen blood vessels cause pain and discomfort.
You can treat mild hemorrhoids at home with a medicated cream or a sitz bath, but some hemorrhoids just don't respond quickly enough to at-home treatments. If you’re struggling to get relief, Dr. Eric Ibegbu and our compassionate team at Atlantic Medical Group encourage you to come visit us.
We offer a variety of hemorrhoid treatments, including three nonsurgical options. If you need relief, find out how you can get the relief you need without surgery.
Hemorrhoids are more than inconvenient
You might feel embarrassed talking about hemorrhoids, but our team understands what you’re going through. And we’re here to help.
Hemorrhoids are very common, and when they appear, they can hurt, itch, or even bleed when you use the restroom. Just sitting at your desk can cause itchiness and discomfort. Hemorrhoids can appear externally and internally, and they can even become thrombosed.
Ways to treat hemorrhoids without surgery
Hard-to-treat and severe hemorrhoids can be surgically removed during a traditional hemorrhoidectomy. But traditional surgery isn’t your only option. According to a 2017 review of research on the subject, nonsurgical treatments provide an effective alternative to surgery.
Nonsurgical options typically involve less bleeding, less pain, and faster recoveries. We offer the following nonsurgical options:
During this procedure, we apply a heat source to the hemorrhoid. We can use a laser or infrared heat. The heat doesn’t harm your healthy tissue, but it causes the hemorrhoid to harden and then shrivel up.
Sclerotherapy is often used in the treatment of varicose veins, but we can also use it to treat hemorrhoids. During sclerotherapy, we inject medication into your affected blood vessel. The medication shuts down the problematic blood vessel and shrinks your hemorrhoid by reducing its blood supply.
Rubber band ligation
Rubber band ligation — sometimes called banding — is another effective way to get rid of hemorrhoids without surgery. During this procedure, we tie a small medical-grade rubber band around the hemorrhoid, which reduces the blood supply and causes it to shrink and fall off.
This procedure is popular because there is generally less pain involved and shorter downtimes.
Exploring your nonsurgical hemorrhoid treatment options
The type of treatment you need depends on the type of hemorrhoid and the severity of the hemorrhoid. At Atlanta Medical Group, Dr. Ibegbu helps you find the relief you need.
To schedule an appointment, call our Kinston or Jacksonville, North Carolina, clinic. We are happy to see patients from out of town. If you are traveling to see Dr. Ibegbu, please check out our list of handy resources.