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Hemorrhoid Embolization

Hemorrhoid embolization is a minimally invasive treatment for internal hemorrhoids performed at houston vein and vascular that provides long lasting reflif from rectal bleeding. Hemmorhoids typically form due to abnormal connections between the arteries and veins in the rectums. Embolization blocks these abnormal connections and therefore eliminated the bleeding. 

This procedure is offered under local anesthesia and moderate setting in patients with grade 1, 2, or 3 internal hemorrhoids. The internal hemorrhoids are a dense network of arteries and veins called Corpus Cavernosum Recti(CCR). The embolization procedure aims to reduce the blood flow in these vessels and therefore it reduced the venous pressure and symptoms associated with it. 

The embolization procedure is performed through a small needed in the wrist or groin. A catheter is inserted into the rectal arteries under x-ray guidance. Small metallic coils or spheres are used to seal the arteries supplying the hemorrhoids.  

Hemorroidl artery embolization is a painless technique that takes approximately 45 mins. Following the procedure, the patients return home the same day and work the following day. 

What causes hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are common and occur in 50% of people and peaks around the ages of 45-65 years old. 

They can be due to an increased pressure in the lower rectum as a result of straining sitting for long periods of time, spinal cord injury, chronic constiptation, diarrhea, anal intercourse, excessive exercise or a family history of hemorrhoids. 

How Can I prevent heorrhoids?

Eating food containing high fiber content, drinking plenty of fluid and exercising help preventing the occurrence of hemorrhoids. Avoid straining and sitting long periods of sitting on the toilet. 

Who qualifies for the hemorrhoid embolization procedur?

The embolization is the best option if you suffer from grade 2 or 3 internal hemorrhoids and treatment with hygiene and diety measures, medicine or minimally invasive methods are not successful. If you did not benefit from a surgical treatment, this may be the option for you. 

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