Some symptoms of hemorrhoids
improve without treatment by keeping the stool soft with proper diet, adequate hydration and stool softeners. Warm baths, over-the-counter creams, ointments or pads containing topical anti-inflammatory agents or hydrocortisone are effective in relieving mild discomfort.
Other non-surgical treatments include:
- Rubber Band Ligation: one or two tiny rubber bands are placed at the base of an internal hemorrhoid to cut off its circulation and the hemorrhoid falls off. This procedure, done in the doctor’s office, is effective for small and non-prolapsed hemorrhoids.
- Sclerotherapy: A chemical solution is injected around the blood vessel to shrink the hemorrhoid.
The patient may experience considerable pain after surgery as the anus tightens and relaxes. Medications to relieve pain and stool softeners may be used. Avoid straining during bowel movement or urination. Soaking in a warm bath can bring additional comfort. Expect complete recovery in about 2 weeks.