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This article was published on July 16, 2012, and was last updated on May 1st, 2019 in Hemorrhoid Banding.
Hemorrhoids are a very common condition that afflicts millions of people every year. Their prevalence has led to the creation of hemorrhoid relief clinics where patients can seek a variety of different treatments for relief of their symptoms. These hemorrhoid relief clinics can be found in most major cities, and your doctor should be able to refer you to one that is in your area. Most treatments offered at these centers are eligible for health insurance coverage, with the vast majority of sufferers being covered for their treatment.
When you visit a clinic for hemorrhoid relief, you will be able to learn more about this condition and the different types of treatment that are available. Chronic constipation, straining while on the toilet, and increased abdominal pressure are some of the causative factors in hemorrhoid development. Excess weight can also predispose a patient to suffer from hemorrhoids, or a genetic link in family members may lead to frequent flare-ups.
A hemorrhoid clinic will be staffed with medical professionals and physicians who are well trained in most of the latest techniques and treatments for hemorrhoid relief. Most patients appreciate visiting a clinic where the primary focus is treating hemorrhoids. Many of these clinics also provide or help arrange for necessary colon cancer screenings (colonoscopy). This is recommended for adults over the age of 50, and should be performed at least once every five to ten years. Since hemorrhoids may be an indication of an underlying health problem, it may be a good idea to get screened in order to narrow down the possible causes of rectal bleeding.
After your hemorrhoids have been properly diagnosed, your doctor at the hemorrhoid clinic will be able to recommend a hemorrhoid relief treatment method that is right for you. In some less severe cases, relief of hemorrhoids may start with topical treatments and other remedies that can be applied at home. These include using topical creams to treat pain and itching, and taking warm baths to help reduce inflammation to the area.
If these methods are not successful, you may need to have a procedure performed at the hemorrhoid clinic. This may include hemorrhoid banding, where a rubber band is placed around the hemorrhoid to cut off the blood flow to the area, although other alternative treatments such as Infrared Coagulation (IRC) may be offered. Most of these hemorrhoid relief treatments can be performed right at the hemorrhoid clinic and are done on an outpatient basis.