Hemorrhoid Embolization

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum, like varicose veins. Hemorrhoids are classified into two types based on their location: internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids form inside the rectum and cannot be seen or felt. External hemorrhoids form under the skin around the anus and can be seen and felt.

Hemorrhoids, also referred to as piles, form when the tissues supporting the veins in the rectum and anus become weak. This makes the veins around the anus stretch under pressure making them bulge out and swell, transforming into hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids can be caused by multiple factors such as:

  • Obesity
  • Sitting for long periods of time
  • Regular heavy lifting
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Pregnancy

How We Diagnose and Treat Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are diagnosed based on symptoms, image screening, and a physical exam performed by a specialist. These tests can be done at outpatient centers or a doctor’s office. The tests to check for hemorrhoids include:

  • Digital rectal exam
  • X-Ray
  • Ultrasound

What is Hemorrhoidal Artery Embolization (HAE)

Hemorrhoidal artery embolization (HAE) is an outpatient, nonsurgical treatment for hemorrhoids that offers long-lasting relief from hemorrhoids and rectal bleeding.

After a local anesthetic is administered to the patient, a catheter is positioned into the leg using live image guidance to reach the blood vessels that supply the rectum. Once positioned, tiny coils are slowly released that block the blood supply to the hemorrhoids and stop the bleeding.

The procedure is conducted by interventional radiologists and specialists trained to perform minimally invasive procedures to treat a variety of conditions.

Benefits of HAE

Hemorrhoidal artery embolization (HAE) carries quite a few advantages compared to surgical hemorrhoid treatment procedures such as:

  • Rubber band ligation: A rubber band is tightened around your hemorrhoid to cut off blood flow so that the hemorrhoid shrinks in a few days.
  • Sclerotherapy: A substance is injected into the hemorrhoid that hardens the hemorrhoid blood vessel walls and shrinks the hemorrhoid.
  • Infrared coagulation: Infrared light breaks down tissue in the anus to reduce blood flow to the hemorrhoid and causes it to shrink.

At USA Hemorrhoid Centers, our specialists recommend hemorrhoidal artery embolization (HAE) for the following reasons:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Aims to keep the hemorrhoidal tissue in place.
  • Preserves anal continence.
  • Does not involve the creation of rectal wounds.
  • 45-minute outpatient procedure.
  • The procedure is performed with moderate sedation.
  • No stitches, pain, bleeding, or rectal issues.

Short recovery time with no hospital stay.

Outstanding experience!

Alexis B.

Review received on: 2023-02-02

USA Hemorrhoid Centers all staff were incredible. They communicated throughout and checked in frequently to ensure I was as comfortable as possible. I am happy I chose to get the treatments and look forward to the improvements.

Very Satisfied

Abe K.

Review received on: 2023-02-01

I am so glad to have gone to USA Hemorrhoid Centers. My experience has been amazing. The staff are all so friendly but professional. The doctor is wonderful and in his professional manner makes you very comfortable and explains anything you have questions about. So very happy.

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