Hemorrhoids are very common. They affect both men and women, young and old, from age 20 to 90. About half of the population has hemorrhoids by the age of 50.

You probably wouldn’t know it though: People often suffer in silence.

Even worse, people don’t like to seek treatment for hemorrhoids, in part because they feel embarrassed and in part because they have heard negative stories about hemorrhoid surgery.

Both were factors for one of my recent patients.

“I had struggled with hemorrhoids since giving birth to my first child 17 years ago,” said Kimberley Thomas. “They were uncomfortable, painful and embarrassing. But I had heard how painful hemorrhoid surgery could be, so I just continued to struggle with them.”

It was Kimberley’s OB-GYN that convinced her to have them checked. Kimberley was thrilled to discover that for her and so many of the patients we see, there is a quick, easy, non-surgical solution to hemorrhoids. Infrared coagulation (IRC) is a treatment that uses laser therapy to help the varicose vein (hemorrhoid) to shrink and recede.

The procedure is quick, painless and requires no anesthesia. It usually requires a series of 2 to 4 treatments about one month apart to shrink the vein and eliminate the problem completely.

“When I had my first procedure,” said Kimberley, “It took just a few minutes in the office, and then I headed straight for my daughter’s 17th birthday celebration. I couldn’t believe how painless it was.”

We are able to use this non-surgical procedure in about 90 to 95 percent of the cases we see here at Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center. In some cases, we may also have to excise, or remove, what we call an external tag or a piece of the hemorrhoid that is projecting from the body. But that is a minor, in-office procedure.

Sometimes patients are referred to us by their physicians, like in Kimberley’s case. But often our patients come in because they are bothered by uncomfortable symptoms. Hemorrhoid symptoms include:

  • pain or a burning sensation,
  • bleeding during bowel movements,
  • protrusion of tissue from the anus, and
  • itching around the anus.

Sometimes hemorrhoid symptoms can be treated by changes in diet or with over-the-counter creams and ointments. But if symptoms persist, or get worse, see your doctor. Bleeding during bowel movements, the most common symptom of hemorrhoids, can also be a sign of other conditions or diseases in your digestive tract.

Now Kimberley says, “There is just no reason to live with hemorrhoids. You can have the treatment and immediately get back to your normal life, just more comfortably.”

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