It is possible to have recurring hemorrhoids? A patient’s diet and lifestyle can affect the recurrence of hemorrhoids, and so can the type of treatment that was performed.
In this post, the team of colorectal surgeons at Piedmont Colorectal Associates discusses what you should do if your hemorrhoids continue to grow back.
The initial treatment of hemorrhoids will depend on the severity of the patient’s symptoms and other factors. Home remedies that provide symptomatic relief are often the first choice for mild or moderate cases.
These treatments can include the following:
- Dietary changes, including adding more fiber to your diet.
- Topical treatments to the affected area.
- Sitz baths.
- Stool softeners.
- Substituting wet wipes for dry toilet paper.
- Pain relievers.
These techniques will be effective for many people. However, a different approach may be used if you have recurring hemorrhoids or if you have a lot of bleeding or pain.
Hemorrhoid Treatment Procedures
The next treatment strategy is typically some type of minimally invasive procedure. Rubber band ligation, which involves placing a small rubber band around the hemorrhoid to cut off the blood flow to the area, can be effective.
Injections can also be given directly into the hemorrhoid. These treatments can generally be performed in-office.
If your hemorrhoids continue to persist, surgery may be the best option. There are a few different types of hemorrhoid surgery.
A hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical removal of the hemorrhoids. The recurrence rate of hemorrhoids is fairly low with this procedure, so it can be a good choice for patients who have persistent hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoid stapling is another option. This procedure is used on internal hemorrhoids to block blood flow to the area. It also has a lower risk of recurrence than minimally invasive procedures.
Reduce Your Risk of Recurrence
Your ideal treatment option will depend on the location and severity of your hemorrhoids and whether you’ve already tried less invasive procedures. However, you should follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding the dietary and lifestyle changes you should make to reduce your risk of recurring hemorrhoids.
Schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified colorectal surgeons to discuss your hemorrhoid treatment options. Call Piedmont Colorectal Associates at (404) 351-7900 today.