Staying Open-Minded About Your Healthcare

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I didn't know what I was going to do. After the devastation subsided, I decided to take a very standard, western approach to my healing. Although initial efforts were successful, my cancer recurred a few months later. I endured many additional months of treatment before I started focusing on myself. I decided it was time to incorporate complimentary alternative treatments into my healing regimen, including massage therapy. I can't even begin to tell you how much it changed my life. My healing became a process, instead of something I simply had to endure. I hope that the articles on my website can inspire you to stay open-minded about your own healthcare.

How A Rectal Surgeon Can Help You Diagnose And Treat Your Hemorrhoids

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Living with hemorrhoids can be extremely painful because these hemorrhoids will often become irritated each time that you have a bowel movement. This irritation of the hemorrhoids leads to bleeding and can often include very painful bowel movements. The best way to get this taken care of is to meet with a rectal surgeon and see what your best options are. This article will discuss exactly how a rectal surgeon can help you with your hemorrhoids.


To see if there are hemorrhoids and to judge how severe they are, you are going to need to meet with a rectal surgeon and receive a colonoscopy. This procedure is a rectal scope that uses a camera to look at your bowels. It will easily allow the rectal surgeon to see exactly where your hemorrhoids are, how many you have, and how severe they are. After the procedure, your doctor will then discuss with you the results and what your treatment options are. 

Treatment Methods

There are likely 3 different treatment options that your surgeon will discuss with you, depending on the severity of your hemorrhoids and how quickly you would like them gone.

Rubber Band Ligation

This procedure involves the use of a rubber band. This rubber band will be tied around the hemorrhoid, and will cut off blood supply to it until it falls off. This is a good option for those who have tumors that are protruding from their rectum. The removal process takes about a week, but isn't going to cause you much pain at all. 

Infrared Coagulation

This procedure uses an infrared light, and this light is used to burn the hemorrhoid. This burn then scars, which cuts off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid. Once the hemorrhoid loses the blood flow, it will then disappear back into the wall of your rectum. During this procedure you will be put under an anesthetic so that you do not feel the burning. However, you will experience pain after the procedure, and will need to take it easy for a few days. Only one hemorrhoid can be burned off at a time during this procedure, so you will need multiple surgeries if you have more than one hemorrhoid.

Hemorrhoid Rectal Surgery

If your hemorrhoids are extremely severe or if you do not want to wait an extended period of time for them to be removed, then rectal surgery is the next option for you. Your hemorrhoid is considered severe if it is so large that it can't be removed by another method or if it is producing mass amounts of blood. During the procedure you will be put under anesthesia and the surgeon will remove your hemorrhoids using a scope to view the them and scissors to remove them. The surgeon will be able to remove all of your hemorrhoids at one time, and you will be able to go home that same day.


3 February 2015