Hemorrhoids are one of the most common conditions, affecting about three in four adults. However, despite its common occurrence a lot of people still find it embarrassing to talk about. This keeps some of those who are affected from seeking help and finding treatment. Don’t be ashamed to get help!
What causes hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins found in the anal and lower rectal area. The most common cause of hemorrhoids is from pressure in the veins of the rectum. This can be due to constant straining during bowel movements, obesity, pregnancy, or a sedentary lifestyle.
Treatment Options for Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are not life-threatening, but can be a great source of discomfort. They can cause itching or irritation in the anal region, swelling or lumps in the areas near the anus, pain, and bleeding during bowel movements.
There are different ways to manage the symptoms of hemorrhoids. These include lifestyle changes (e.g. a high-fiber diet, regular exercise, plenty of fluids), over-the-counter creams, pads, or ointments for managing the pain, and surgery. Although these can help alleviate the symptoms of hemorrhoids, they do not get rid of them.
Hemorrhoid Relief at Premier Hemorrhoid Center
At Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville, we offer Infrared Coagulation. IFC is a gentle,minimally-invasive outpatient procedure for eliminating hemorrhoids.
Using a small probe to make contact with the skin above the hemorrhoid, a pulse of infrared light is sent to zap the hemorrhoid. This results in scar tissue that cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid so that it shrinks and falls off, leaving the patient hemorrhoid-free. Depending on the severity of the hemorrhoid, 3 or 4 quick treatments, a month apart are usually recommended to fully eliminate the source of the hemorrhoid. IRC is covered by most insurance plans.
Hemorrhoids are nothing to be ashamed of. They are a common issue experienced by both men and women. But just because they’re common, doesn’t mean you have to live with the discomfort that they can cause. Contact Premier’s Hemorrhoid Treatment Specialist to make an appointment today.