Hemorrhoids affect millions of people around the year and most likely everyone will experience them once in their lifetime. They can be experienced by any age group, sex, and culture. Hemorrhoids happen when there is a congestion of blood and pressure in the anal canal. The anal canal is very sensitive to pressure and can develop hemorrhoids whenever there is strain present. The causes of hemorrhoids are pregnancy, heavy lifting, stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, liver disease and constipation. People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol or caffeine can also experience hemorrhoids.
The symptoms of hemorrhoids include bleeding, itchiness, pain, burning, and all around general discomfort. Bleeding hemorrhoids can be recognized when there is a presence of blood in the stool or on the tissue paper after wiping. Hemorrhoids are very common and there is no major cause for concern if you develop them. If you are worried it might be a good idea to check with your doctor. If the pain is unbearable or there is an enormous amount of bleeding it is advisable to speak with your general practitioner.
Many people undergo surgical procedures such as the Ferguson technique or the Miller-Morgan technique. The Ferguson technique is the procedure that involves making three incisions and taking out the vessels that cause hemorrhoids. The vessels are then closed with sutures. The Miller-Morgan procedure is almost the same as the Ferguson except it involves leaving the incisions open so stenosis is avoided.
There is also another procedure called Hemroid banding. Hemorrhoid banding is becoming increasingly popular when it comes to the treatment of hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoid banding is commonly used to treat swollen hemorrhoids that are extremely painful. This technique is usually used to treat extremely painful hemorrhoids, thrombosed hemorrhoids, and protruding hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoid band treatment involves the insertion of an anascope into the anus. The doctor will take a look at the rectum and use a banding tool on the hemorrhoid. The tool applies a tiny rubber band around the hemorrhoid. This is so that the blood flow will be cut off and the hemorrhoid will wither away within one or two weeks. Sometimes a local anesthesia will be used to numb the surrounding area of the hemorrhoid. The procedure of banding hemorrhoids is quick and usually painless.
If you want to prevent having to have any hemorrhoid banding treatment try to eat properly and exercise daily. After the hemorrhoid banding is done you can try using a few post procedure methods to heal. These include taking sitz baths which is when someone sits in warm water a few times a day. If you are experiencing any pain after hemorrhoid banding then this will reduce it. You can also apply Witch Hazel which is great for healing all wounds. It is known for healing bruises, sprains, scratches, cuts, and burns.
Some other post-procedures tips are:
- Apply all the medications and ointments prescribed by your doctor.
- If you feel like you have to go to the bathroom, go immediately and do not post pone. If you post pone a bowel movement, it can cause the stool to become more bulky and hard which can lead to pain when passing stool.
- Do not lift anything heavy for a few weeks to avoid inflaming the hemorrhoid again.
- Exercise at least three times a week.
Use a stool softener so you can prevent pain when having a bowel movement.