Hemorrhoids Treatment at Tampa General Hospital
Determining the appropriate hemorrhoids treatment for each individual depends on a variety of factors. For many people, hemorrhoids cause only mild symptoms, such as discomfort or itching. Often, these symptoms will subside on their own and do not require medical intervention. There are also many home remedies that can help relieve symptoms. For example, eating high-fiber foods may help to soften the stool, making it easier to avoid straining during bowel movements and preventing further irritation to hemorrhoids. Additionally, measures such as applying a cold compress to the affected region may help to temporarily reduce pain and swelling.
If symptoms are persistent or severe, it may be necessary to seek more comprehensive hemorrhoids treatment from a medical professional. Some of the treatments that a physician may recommend include:
- Medications – After an examination, a physician may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications, such as oral pain relievers or ointments, to relieve pain and itching and reduce swelling.
- Minimally invasive procedures – Patients who are experiencing persistent bleeding and painful hemorrhoids have a number of treatment options that can be performed in an outpatient setting without anesthesia. For example, rubber band ligation involves tying off the base of a hemorrhoid to cut off circulation, causing it to wither and fall off. Another option is the injection of a chemical solution into the hemorrhoid to shrink it.
- Surgical procedures – For patients who have large hemorrhoids that haven’t responded to other treatments, hemorrhoid removal or hemorrhoid stapling may be recommended.
Tampa General Hospital’s Endoscopy Center offers a full range of hemorrhoids treatment options. Our commitment to providing each patient with individualized care ensures the greatest likelihood of effective symptom relief. It has also earned us recognition as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery in 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report.