Hemorrhoids Specialist


David L Wood, M.D.

Board Certified Interventional Radiologist located in Scottsdale, AZ

It’s estimated that around one in 20 Americans experience hemorrhoids at some point during their lives, and your risk increases as you age. At ImageMed in Scottsdale, Arizona, double board-certified interventional radiologist David Wood, MD, provides state-of-the-art, minimally invasive hemorrhoid embolization to shrink and eliminate your hemorrhoids. Call ImageMed or schedule a consultation online today to find out how Dr. Wood can help you get rid of your hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are a common, potentially painful condition that occurs when an abnormal connection forms between the blood vessels in your rectum, and it swells. As your blood vessels expand, they stretch and become sensitive and irritated. 

Your risk of hemorrhoids increases with age. Also, if you’re pregnant or overweight, you’re more likely to develop hemorrhoids. Other factors that contribute to hemorrhoid development include:

  • Chronic constipation and straining to move your bowels
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Sitting for too long
  • Repeatedly lifting heavy objects
  • Anal intercourse

If you have a family history of hemorrhoids, you’re more likely to develop the condition, as some people inherit a vulnerability for hemorrhoids. 

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. For example, you might have painless anal bleeding or find blood on your toilet paper after you wipe. You might also have an itchy or irritated sensation around your anus. Some patients have pain or tenderness. You might also find lumps or swelling around your anus, or you may leak feces.

How are hemorrhoids treated?

At ImageMed, Dr. Wood provides state-of-the-art hemorrhoidal artery embolization via minimally invasive microsurgery for effective and long-lasting relief from your painful hemorrhoid symptoms. 

During the treatment, Dr. Wood makes a tiny puncture in your thigh and sends a catheter through your blood vessels. He uses special X-ray equipment to guide the catheter to your hemorrhoid. When the catheter is in place, he injects embolization coils into the hemorrhoid that block its blood supply so the hemorrhoid withers and dies.

When the procedure is complete, Dr. Wood withdraws the catheter and closes the tiny puncture wound. Your hemorrhoid symptoms should subside rapidly, and many patients report an almost immediate end to their rectal bleeding. Most patients can get back to their regular activities within a day.

What are the benefits of microsurgery for hemorrhoids?

Dr. Wood uses microsurgery because it is not only an effective and rapid treatment for hemorrhoids, but it also has minimal side effects and a fast recovery. With no stitches or large incisions, you heal quickly with a very low risk of infection. Overall, this technique is safe, fast, and nearly pain-free. 

If you have hemorrhoids and are looking for rapid and effective treatment, call ImageMed or make an appointment with Dr. Wood online today.