Can My Hemorrhoids Come Back After Treatment?

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD

All too often, hemorrhoids return after treatment. This is one reason it is important to have a hemorrhoid removal doctor in Beverly Hills on your side, both for treatment and to help you reduce your risk of a recurrence. Even after treatment, hemorrhoidal tissue can become inflamed causing that all-too-familiar pain and discomfort. If you are at an increased risk for a recurrence, your Los Angeles doctor may recommend hemorrhoid removal instead of less invasive treatments.

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How Effective Are Modern Hemorrhoid Treatments?

The effectiveness of hemorrhoid treatments depend on a number of factors, from your lifestyle habits to your anatomy. The type of treatment also affects the chances of recurrence.

Home Treatments

In general, over-the-counter treatments just address the symptoms of hemorrhoids and do not treat the condition itself. Creams, pads, and sitz baths can go a long way toward making living with hemorrhoids easier. Sitz baths, especially, can help you make it through until you can see a doctor or until your hemorrhoid inflammation goes down on its own. However, it is very likely to recur unless you make major lifestyle changes and follow other recommendations from your Beverly Hills hemorrhoid doctor.

Minimally Invasive In-Office Treatments

Your hemorrhoid removal doctor BH offers a number of minimally invasive in-clinic options for treatment that do more than just mask the symptoms and give the inflammation time to go down on its own. These options are often used for prolapsed internal hemorrhoids, or those with persistent symptoms. Your doctor will likely recommend the treatment that best addresses your exact diagnosis and situation. Although sometimes considered an outpatient surgery, treatments such as rubber band ligation and sclerotherapy procedures typically offer a faster recovery than a more invasive surgery. Minimally invasive in-office treatments tend to be much more effective than home treatments, but are usually not as effective as surgery.


A traditional hemorrhoidectomy, which removes the offending hemorrhoid tissue by excising the blood vessels causing the problem, is the most effective treatment for hemorrhoids. Whether done with a scalpel, laser, or other tool, this type of surgery is a permanent solution for 95 percent of patients. While this procedure is not the best option for everyone, your LA hemorrhoid removal doctor may recommend a hemorrhoidectomy if you are at a high risk of recurrence or have a serious case that does not respond to other treatments. In most cases, traditional hemorrhoidectomies are done under general anesthesia, but you will likely return home the same day.

What Causes Hemorrhoids to Come Back?

Your hemorrhoid removal doctor will go a step beyond treating your condition. Even if you undergo surgery to remove the inflamed blood vessels, you will need to learn what caused your hemorrhoids in the first place in order to help you prevent a recurrence. While there are some things out of your control that may contribute to your hemorrhoids, many cases occur because of lifestyle factors such as diet. If your diet caused your hemorrhoids and you do not change your diet after treatment, you will likely experience another case of hemorrhoids in the future.

Some changes your BH hemorrhoid doctor might recommend include:

  • Increasing the fiber in your diet
  • Taking a fiber supplement
  • Drinking more water and other hydrating liquids
  • Exercising regularly
  • Using stool softeners
  • Taking other measures to prevent constipation
  • Reducing time spent sitting on the toilet
  • Avoid straining to use the toilet

Your Doctor Can Help You With Prevention

As hemorrhoid removal doctors in Beverly Hills, we understand how frustrating hemorrhoids can be. This is especially true when they keep coming back despite treatment. We offer a full range of treatment options to help you heal as quickly as possible and get back to your regular activities. Then, we can help you find the best prevention strategies based on the specific details of your condition, and offer tips and tricks to stick with them.

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