Hemorrhoids are very common. In the United States alone, over 10 million of the population have them.

How do hemorrhoids develop?

Typically associated with prolonged sitting, hemorrhoids can develop as a result of increased pressure in the lower rectal area. They are very similar to varicose veins, only that they develop inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or under the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids).

Although they’re rarely dangerous, hemorrhoids can cause a lot of discomfort and in some cases, embarrassment. They can itch, cause pain, and bleeding. 

How are hemorrhoids treated?

When you are diagnosed with hemorrhoids, your doctor would most likely start with more conservative treatment methods such as lifestyle changes (e.g. adding more fiber in your diet to prevent constipation, adding physical activity in your lifestyle, etc.) and over-the-counter medications.

However, when these methods don’t improve or resolve your hemorrhoids, it’s time to consider a hemorrhoid procedure.

What are the options for treating hemorrhoids?

In the past, there was only one surgical option (hemorrhoidectomy) for getting rid of hemorrhoids, but now we have minimally-invasive laser procedures that take less than 30 minutes to perform.

The Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Center of Knoxville offers the leading in-office treatment for hemorrhoids – Infrared Coagulation (IRC).

Infrared coagulation is a minimally-invasive procedure that involves the use of a small probe. The probe exposes the vein above hemorrhoid to short bursts of warm light. This causes hemorrhoids to shrink and recede over time. Depending on the severity of your hemorrhoids, 3 or 4 or treatments are usually recommended. 

Each IRC procedure only takes about 15 minutes to perform and like other minimally-invasive procedures, this doesn’t require anesthesia, stitches, or downtime. And, IRC is covered most insurance plans! 

If your hemorrhoids are keeping you from living your best life, then call the Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center confidential HEMORRHOID HOTLINE at (865) 588-9952 or request an appointment online at https://www.premiersurgical.com/hemorrhoid-treatment-appointment-request/ .  We are happy to address any hemorrhoid concerns that you have.