Discover why Phoenix residents are choosing this alternative to transanal surgery for treating bleeding internal hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoidal Artery Embolization
Do you experience bleeding from internal hemorrhoids? New outpatient treatments for internal hemorrhoids are now available that are minimally invasive and highly effective at eliminating the bleeding that can persist despite conservative treatment.
If you’ve been diagnosed with internal hemorrhoids, you may have been told that dietary changes, banding, and surgery are your only treatment options. However, did you know that embolization of the hemorrhoids, a non-surgical, outpatient treatment, is being used to successfully stop the bleeding caused by internal hemorrhoids?
WHAT IS HEMORRHOIDAL ARTERY EMBOLIZATION?
Hemorrhoidal artery embolization (HAE) is an interventional radiology treatment for internal hemorrhoids that offers highly effective and long-lasting relief from rectal bleeding. Hemorrhoids form when abnormal connections are made between arteries and veins in the rectum. Hemorrhoids are fragile and can bleed when exposed to high pressures during bowel movements. Embolization works by blocking these abnormal blood vessel connections, which eliminates the bleeding.
The procedure is performed by interventional radiologists like Dr. Wood – doctors specially trained to do minimally invasive vascular procedures, such as angioplasty and embolization, to treat a variety of conditions.
During hemorrhoidal artery embolization, Dr. Wood positions a catheter through a small needle puncture in the leg and into the blood vessels that supply the rectum using xray guidance. Once positioned, tiny coils are slowly released that block the blood supply to the hemorrhoids. Following this procedure patients usually experience immediate relief from bleeding. Patients go home soon after the procedure is over.
Recovery from embolization is fast because there is no incision to heal or stitches to be removed. The risk of bleeding and complications is lower than with invasive surgery.
Over 90% of patients who undergo embolization have reported that the bleeding from their hemorrhoids stopped. These results are usually sustained for several months from just one treatment. Side effects are mild and resolve on their own in a few days.