Got From Hemorrhoids? Give Sclerotherapy a Shot

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD

You Have Hemorrhoids. Welcome To Adulthood!

In Los Angeles, in Beverly Hills, in Culver City, or wherever you live, hemorrhoids may be an annoying, painful, itching, lumpy fact of life.  But, they may be a sign of success as well.  You have successfully made it to adulthood, with all of the rights, privileges and hemorrhoids that go along with becoming an adult.  Welcome.  However, sometimes, symptomatic hemorrhoids require treatment such as hemorrhoid shots or hemorrhoid injections, also known as sclerotherapy.

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What are hemorrhoids and what can be done about them?  Hemorrhoids are veins.  They are normal veins, just like in any part of the body.  Veins that return blood to the heart.  The blood is oxygenated in the lungs and returned to the body.  When the anal veins dilate, they may stretch the lining over them and cause symptoms.  A stretched lining is an upset lining.  There may be bleeding, a discharge, pain or itching.  Each hemorrhoid expresses its anger in a different manner.

Hemorrhoids are normal, but not everyone has symptomatic hemorrhoids.  It is estimated that up to one half of the adult population experiences symptoms at some time.  Why is this an estimate?  Nobody talks about hemorrhoids.  The topic is uncomfortably embarrassing.  Mum’s the word.  So it is an estimate.

There Is Help.

But there is help.  A colon and rectal surgeon, also known as a proctologist, is trained in diagnosing and treating diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.  While there are many treatments such as stool softeners, ointments and creams, rubber band placement, infrared coagulation and surgery, one of the most common form of symptomatic treatment is sclerotherapy, or hemorrhoid injections.

A Shot In The Dark.  The Proctologist.

Hemorrhoidal sclerotherapy has been available for many, many years.  Simply put, a series of painless injections next to each of the hemorrhoidal group may be all that is needed to reduce your symptoms.  But, the injections must be given by a specialist trained in the art of the technique.   There are quite a few “new” injection techniques that promise results.  Be careful.  An accurate injection is performed with a solution of olive oil and phenol, a compound which painlessly inflames, scars and then shrinks the hemorrhoid.  Most often, the hemorrhoidal symptoms rapidly disappear.  Anal health is restored and you can return to worrying about things other than the pesky symptoms of hemorrhoidal flare ups.  But be sure to see a specialist; a colon and rectal surgeon or proctologist.

Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.

The physicians at Los Angeles Colon And Rectal Surgical Associates are board certified and trained in the art of hemorrhoidal injections and in all other techniques of hemorrhoidal therapy.  With offices in Culver City and Los Angeles, relief may be a phone call away.  Your consultation will be performed in a warm and confidential environment by experienced surgeons.

Hemorrhoids do not have to be an embarrassing or painful fact of life.  There are many treatments available.  Injection sclerotherapy, or hemorrhoid injections are but one of several time-tested techniques to help patients return to the normal, unencumbered joyous acts of daily living.  Overcome your hesitation and see a specialist.  Hemorrhoids are normal, but you do not have to suffer with their symptoms.  (310)273-2310.

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