In the US, about 500,000 people are affected by symptomatic hemorrhoids and about one-third of these individuals will seek medical treatment. The most common symptom of hemorrhoids is bleeding which occurs during or after a bowel movement. Other symptoms include anal itching, pain, and discomfort. Hemorrhoids can be treated with various medical and surgical interventions but are often recurrent.
What is hemorrhoid embolization?
Hemorrhoid embolization is called the emborrhoid technique. It is a minimally invasive, image-guided procedure used to treat symptomatic hemorrhoids. The goal of hemorrhoid embolization is to reduce the blood flow to the hemorrhoidal vessels which will shrink the hemorrhoids and stop the pain and bleeding.
The emborrhoid technique was developed in Europe in the early 1990s and has been used to treat hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and takes about 30 minutes. It is generally well tolerated with minimal side effects.
How is hemorrhoid embolization performed?
Hemorrhoid embolization is usually performed by an interventional radiologist. At Imaging & Interventional Specialists this is a comfortable, outpatient, same-day procedure and you leave with a Band-Aid!
A small catheter is inserted into an artery in the groin and advanced into the arteries that supply blood to the hemorrhoids. Usually, tiny coils and particles are introduced which reduces the blood flow to the hemorrhoids and shrinks them.
What are the risks of hemorrhoid embolization?
There are risks associated with any minimally invasive image-guided procedure. These risks include but are not limited to bleeding, infection, and pain. The risks of hemorrhoid embolization are very low and the vast majority of patients will have a successful outcome.
What is the recovery time for hemorrhoid embolization?
Patients can expect to go home the same day as their procedure nearly always 2 hours after the procedure. You may experience some minor pain and discomfort which can be treated with over-the-counter medication. It is important to avoid strenuous activity for at least 48 hours after your procedure.
Hemorrhoid embolization is a safe and effective way to treat hemorrhoids. It is less invasive than surgery and has a shorter recovery time. There are also fewer side effects associated with this procedure. However, it is not suitable for everyone, and it is important to talk to your doctor about all of your treatment options before deciding which one is right for you.
How do Imaging & Interventional Specialists determine whether you could benefit from advanced, non surgical hemorrhoid treatments such as hemorrhoid embolization?
After a review of your medical history, a physical exam may be performed. Many of our patients have already been evaluated to determine the size, location, and type of their hemorrhoids. If needed we talk with other members of your care team and analyze your medical chart to determine what treatment plan best fits your clinical situation.
After a complete evaluation has been performed, the diagnosis of hemorrhoids made, and the grade, chronicity, and severity determined an Imaging & Interventional Specialist will discuss the best treatment options for you which may include hemorrhoid embolization.
Why choose Imaging & Interventional Specialists?
Imaging & Interventional Specialists are leaders in interventional radiology and experts in the minimally invasive procedures that will address your hemorrhoids.
Our physicians perform “pinhole” procedures every day offering this region's leading, world-class, state-of-the-art solutions for hemorrhoids. Our minimally invasive image-guided procedures are cutting-edge technology without the cutting, without the scalpel. You leave with a Band-Aid!
At Imaging & Interventional Specialists board-certified physicians offer in-house testing for diagnosis and to develop an individualized treatment program for your hemorrhoids