While not usually dangerous, hemorrhoids can be extremely painful and disruptive to a person’s life. The pain, itching, and bleeding of hemorrhoids isn’t something to suffer through on your own. At PacificMed Health Group, our surgeons perform what is called a laser hemorrhoidectomy to provide instant relief from hemorrhoid pain.
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus. At times, the blood vessel walls can stretch so thin that the veins bulge and get irritated, especially during bowel movements.
There are internal hemorrhoids, which are far enough up inside the rectum that you can’t usually see or feel them. Internal hemorrhoids don’t usually hurt — there are few pain-sensing nerves in that area — but they can cause rectal bleeding.
External hemorrhoids occur under the skin around the anus. They hurt and bleed, as well. Sometimes external hemorrhoids get bigger and bulge outside the sphincter. These are called prolapsed hemorrhoids.
What causes hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids result from a buildup of pressure in your lower rectum, which can affect blood flow and make the veins in the area swell. This can occur from being obese or pregnant. Other causes of hemorrhoids are:
- Pushing too hard during bowel movements
- Straining when doing something like lifting heavy weights
- Sitting or standing for long stretches
- Constipation or diarrhea that doesn’t clear up
When more simple treatments fail to get rid of your hemorrhoids, we may opt to perform a laser hemorrhoidectomy. In the procedure, we direct laser energy from a NdYag laser onto each hemorrhoid. The laser energy cuts off the hemorrhoid tissue and instantly seals the wound. This is because the laser coagulates the blood as it cuts the tissue. Patients recover very quickly and can return to normal activities usually within a day. The precision of the laser also precludes damage to nearby tissue.
At PacificMed, we’ve found that our success rates and patient satisfaction with laser hemorrhoidectomies are both near 100 percent.
Are you suffering from the pain of hemorrhoids? Call the team at PacificMed Health Group, 1-800-555-5551, and we’ll set you up for a consultation.