They swell, itch, and feel very uncomfortable. Hemorrhoids are one of those things that rarely become life-threatening, but are very hard to ignore.
Caused by the increase of pressure in the rectal area, hemorrhoids can develop as a result of constant straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, and obesity.
While sometimes the symptoms of hemorrhoids go away on their own, often the symptoms and the hemorrhoids stick around.
OTC hemorrhoid treatments – do they work?
In mild cases, over-the-counter (OTC) hemorrhoid treatments are often recommended. They may be in the form of creams, suppositories, ointments, or pads. However, these OTC medications don’t really treat hemorrhoids long term; they only address the symptoms in the short term.
So, if OTC medications are not making hemorrhoids go away, what will?
Hemorrhoid Treatment at Premier Surgical
If you haven’t had relief from OTC medications or home remedies for hemorrhoids, our team at Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville, TN can help.
We offer Infrared Coagulation or IRC, a non-surgical laser treatment for hemorrhoids. It involves the use of a probe that exposes the vein above the hemorrhoids to short bursts of warm light. This causes the hemorrhoids to shrink and eventually recede.
This non-surgical treatment takes about 15 minutes to complete. It’s much less invasive than the traditional method and doesn’t require anesthesia or downtime. Three to four treatments, performed a month apart are usually recommended to completely eradicate the hemorrhoid.
Whether you have mild or severe hemorrhoids, our team works closely with you to determine the most suitable treatment option for you. Most insurance plans cover IRC Hemorrhoid treatment.
To request an appointment with East Tennessee’s only dedicated Hemorrhoid Treatment Center, call our Confidential Hemorrhoid Hotline at (865) 588-9952 or visit Hemorrhoid Treatment Appointment Request | Premier Surgical Associates.