Hemorrhoids are painful varicose veins in the anal area, which can get inflamed and cause significant pain and discomfort.
Traditional surgical treatment involves excision of the hemorrhoids that can be very painful with a long recovery time. Using radiofrequency and electrocautery, we are able to treat a large number of hemorrhoids, under local anesthesia, as an out-patient procedure.
An office evaluation of the anal area is necessary to qualify for this treatment and rule out other causes of pain and discomfort such as anal fissures, tumors, infection, abscess, polyps or cancer. Once hemorrhoids are identified, in most cases local treatment involving emollients and steroids are sufficient to relieve the pain. However, if the hemorrhoids are recurrent, treatment using these outpatient techniques are employed.
Treatment requires a duration of less than 15 minutes. Local anesthesia is used. With no down time, in most cases, the patient may return to his or her normal activities subsequent to the procedure. Multiple treatments may be necessary to allow for complete resolution of the hemorrhoids.
For patients that qualify for this treatment, this may be a solution much more tolerable than the traditional excisional treatment.