Understanding Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are an uncomfortable and common problem that used to require painful procedures for effective treatment. Thankfully, that no longer has to be the case. Surgical Associates of WNY is pleased to offer an office-based quick and painless procedure to treat hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids occur when veins in and around the anus become swollen and inflamed. They occur for a variety of reasons, including chronic constipation, obesity, pregnancy, and straining during bowel movements. Ultimately, they can cause pain and bleeding.

Over-the-counter and home remedies can sometimes relieve the discomfort. But, if the hemorrhoids don’t respond to those treatments, hemorrhoid surgery or outpatient procedures may be necessary.

Hemorrhoid Treatment: Infrared Coagulation

Surgical Associates uses infrared coagulation to treat painful hemorrhoids. During the procedure, the hemorrhoid is hit with bursts of infrared light from a probe. This causes the blood vessels supplying the hemorrhoid to coagulate, and ultimately blood flow is cut off and the hemorrhoid shrinks.

This in-office, non-surgical procedure is virtually pain-free and only takes a few minutes. No anesthesia is required, and patients experience a fast recovery. The results are excellent.