What is Hemorrhoid Ablation?
Painless non-surgical procedure that uses a short burst of heat to seal off the blood flow to hemorrhoids.
Why is Hemorrhoid Ablation Done?
It is a gentle, simple, and effective treatment of all symptomatic grades 1 and II hemorrhoids in a single procedure. As the tissue heals, it develops scar tissue that prevents future swelling, decreasing the change that there will be any recurrent hemorrhoids in the same spot again.
How Should I Prepare for the Procedure?
You will do two enemas prior to the treatment. One is done the evening before, and one the morning of the procedure. You can have this procedure done awake or asleep. If sedation is used, you will be asked to fast for 8 hours prior to the procedure, and will need a driver to take you home afterwards.
What Happens After Hemorrhoid Ablation?
You may not have any symptoms after hemorrhoid ablation, although some people experience mild rectal discomfort intermittently for a few days afterwards. You may also have some bleeding as the hemorrhoids heal, although this is uncommon. Most patients return to regular activities the day of hemorrhoid treatment.
What are the Possible Complications of Hemorrhoid Ablation?
Rarely, discomfort or bleeding.