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Hemorrhoids (cont.)

Hemorrhoid Medical Treatment

Prolapsed Internal Hemorrhoids

  • Most prolapsed internal hemorrhoids can be pushed back into the anus, but occasionally your health care professional may need to reduce them by gently pushing them with constant pressure.
  • If the hemorrhoids remain swollen and trapped outside the anus and they are not treated, the hemorrhoid tissue may not receive enough blood and can become infected. In such situations, surgery may be required to resolve the problem.

Thrombosed Hemorrhoids

  • Thrombosed external hemorrhoids can be painful and are associated with a hard lump that is felt at the anus and cannot be pushed back inside. Most often the clot within the hemorrhoid will need to be removed with a small incision.
  • After local anesthetic is placed under the skin surrounding the hemorrhoid, a scalpel is used to cut into the area and the clot is removed. There is almost instant relief of the sharp pain but a dull ache may continue.
  • There may be some mild bleeding from the hemorrhoid for a couple of days. Sitz baths and over-the-counter pain medications may be recommended.
  • The use of a rubber or air rubber donut may help with the pain, and preventing constipation is a priority.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/6/2013
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