Finally, hemorrhoid treatment that isn’t a pain in the rear.
What is hemorrhoid embolization?
Hemorrhoid embolization is a minimally-invasive treatment for internal hemorrhoids that offers relief from rectal bleeding, pain, irritation, and itching. VIE interventional radiology experts use state-of-the-art medical equipment to block off the blood supply to hemorrhoids using tiny particles and coils. The procedure only takes about 1 hour and has a very fast recovery time.
Is hemorrhoid embolization an option for me?
Hemorrhoid embolization is an excellent option if:
- You have internal hemorrhoids, grade 1, 2 or 3
- Dietary measures, medication or non-surgical minimally invasive methods were not successfuln1–4
- You did not benefit from a surgical treatment
How effective is hemorrhoid embolization?
Recently published data shows that hemorrhoid embolization is very successful in reducing bleeding in over 90% of patients.1 Patients also experience improvement in quality of life and reduction in pain. The benefits have been shown to last for at least 1 year.
What causes hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are common and occur in approx. 50% of people during their life with a peak incidence at the age of 45 - 65 years.5 They are caused by an increase in pressure in the lower rectum by the following reasons: straining, sitting for long periods, spinal cord injury, chronic constipation or diarrhea, anal intercourse, family history of hemorrhoids, and excessive exercise.
How can I prevent hemorrhoids?
Eat high fiber food, drink enough fluid, and exercise to help prevent the occurrence of hemorrhoids. Avoid straining when sitting on the toilet, and in general, avoid sitting for long periods of time.
What are the advantages of hemorrhoid embolization?
There are several advantages to hemorrhoid embolization:
Symptoms may include:
- Patients have no to very little pain
- It is extremely safe 2
- It is an outpatient, minimally-invasive procedure, so no hospital trip is needed
- Patients typically return to activity the next day
- No instruments are placed in the anus, and there is no anal trauma
Who is not a good fit for hemorrhoid embolization?
You should not undergo hemorrhoid embolization if you have a grade 4 hemorrhoid, a history of colorectal surgery, or chronic anal fissures. Please contact us with any questions.