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This article was published on July 16, 2012, and was last updated on May 1st, 2019 in Hemorrhoid Banding.
If you are suffering from frequent hemorrhoids, over the counter medication may not be enough to treat the problem. While some people are genetically disposed to having frequent flare-ups, hemorrhoids can be a sign of a more serious problem, particularly if they occur on a regular basis. Luckily, there are numerous hemorrhoid procedures that can be performed by a doctor. Anytime you experience a hemorrhoid and you are not certain what the cause may be, it is a good idea to seek medical treatment.
During your exam, your doctor will be able to determine which type of hemorrhoid procedure will work to bring you the most relief. They may also recommend that you get a special colon cancer screen, known as a colonoscopy. This is usually done to help determine if there is an underlying medical condition that may be causing frequent hemorrhoids. The procedure is very quick and can be done at a hospital or at a clinic that specializes in these types of procedures.
Once your doctor has determined why you are experiencing hemorrhoids, they will recommend a course of treatment for your. At first, they may prefer to try non-invasive methods of treatment, such as the application of topical creams or the use of warm baths to provide relief for the side effects of hemorrhoids, such as itching and pain. These hemorrhoid procedures are recommended for non-serious cases, and provide quick relief.
If you have a more involved case of hemorrhoids, they may decide that more aggressive treatment is appropriate. There are several different hemorrhoid procedures that may be used. They are usually quite painless and most will provide instant relief for the condition. They can be performed on an outpatient basis in and are very successful at treating hemorrhoids.
Your doctor may recommend one of several minor procedures, such as Rubber Band Ligation, where a small band is placed around the base of the hemorrhoid, causing it to shrink and fall off, or the use of infrared light (IRC) to cauterize the hemorrhoidal vessels.
In the most involved cases, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure (hemorrhoidectomy). There are several types of surgical hemorrhoidectomy, and fortunately they are only necessary in a very small percentage of cases.