Hemorrhoids

Now it’s easy to treat what’s so hard to talk about. No hospital stays. No painful surgery or healing process. Hemorrhoids are one of mankind’s oldest curses and affect over 75% of all human beings at some point in their lives. Most people will suffer needlessly, or will avoid or postpone treatment because of the feared pain and recovery time associated with traditional surgical therapies. Vein Associates has put an end to painful procedures - making relief from hemorrhoids quick and easy for virtually every patient.

Symptoms

There are 4 degrees of hemorrhoids. Vein Associates treats First, Second, and Third degree. The Fourth degree will require surgery from a colo-rectal surgeon.
An annoying itch or pain in the anal area, or a protruding lump or bleeding during a bowel movement, chances are its hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids may be external (outside the anus) and/or internal (inside the rectum). External hemorrhoids (third and fourth degree) are covered by sensitive skin and bleed only if they rupture. Internal hemorrhoids (first and second degree) on the other hand, are not sensitive, yet protrude and bleed.

First Degree

No protrusion, annoying itching or pain in the anal area

Second Degree

Hemorrhoid protrudes but reduces spontaneously

Third Degree

Hemorrhoid protrudes but reduces with manual reduction

Fourth Degree

Permanent protrusion, will not reduce

Treatment

Infrared Coagulation (IRC)
Infrared Coagulation is a safe, effective non-surgical treatment for hemorrhoids. A small probe is placed against the area above the hemorrhoid and exposes the tissue to a quick burst of infrared light. This coagulates the blood as it enters the hemorrhoid causing it to shrink and recede. This procedure is performed in the clinic and usually takes < 5 minutes to perform. Most patients require 3 to 5 treatments. However, symptom resolution typically begins with the first treatment.

Prevention

Regular exercise will help you maintain normal body weight. Heavy lifting and straining can also cause hemorrhoids that is why it is extremely important to use the proper techniques when lifting heavy objects.

Frequently asked questions about Hemorrhoids:

What causes hemorrhoids?

Genetics (family history), straining, lifting, coughing, weightlifting, low fiber diets, and constipation are primary causes.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

As the hemorrhoidal veins stretch and dilate, their walls become thin and fragile. Symptoms often begin with painless rectal bleeding. This blood appears bright red on the toilet paper or stool. Over time, if the stretching and pressure continues, the weakened veins will protrude and the symptoms can include pain, swelling, itching, and discharge (soilage). Hemorrhoids can also develop blood clots, which can be extremely painful. Hemorrhoids can subside temporarily, but unfortunately, they never go away if left untreated. Eventually, the agony from hemorrhoids can affect nearly everything people do, and by then may require major surgery..

Can patients be treated if hemorrhoids are actively bleeding?

Yes. Treatment should immediately reduce bleeding.

What is the cost of treatment and does insurance cover it?

The total cost depends on the number of treatments needed. Our fees are up to 75% less than traditional surgery, and the majority of that cost is usually paid by insurance. We accept Medicare assignment and we bill most health insurance plans. If patients’ do not have insurance, we offer special prompt-pay discount prices or convenient payment plans.

Can patients’ have the treatment if they are on medication?

In most cases, Yes. During the initial examination with Vein Associates™, your Doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for treatment.

What about after the procedure?

Each visit takes just a few minutes and patients’ can immediately resume usual activities, including driving home. After the treatment patients’ can have regular bowel movements. The procedures cause no disruption to your work schedule or lifestyle.

What should patients’ expect during the procedure?

Before treatment, one of our physicians will conduct a painless anoscopic exam to document the hemorrhoids and to ensure that no other disease is responsible for the symptoms. This examination takes just a few minutes. The procedure is then performed. Depending on the severity of the hemorrhoids, treatment time will last 5 minutes. Patients’ will be fully awake during the procedure

How do patients get started?

By calling our office at 609-361-7100 [clancyvein.com] to schedule a Physician Consultation.