External Hemorrhoid Surgery


People often ask if external hemorrhoid surgery is necessary. They want to know about inverse galvanism hemorrhoid treatment.

Hemorrhoids are abnormally swollen veins in the anus and rectum. They can be outside the anus (external) or inside (internal). Symptoms including swelling, itching, a burning sensation, pain, and occasionally bleeding, especially with bowel movements.


Hemorrhoids can be caused by a number of things, all of which cause increased strain on the anal/rectal area, including:

Before we talk about external hemorrhoid surgery, let's talk about ways to prevent hemorrhoids and to reduce the risk of needing surgical treatment.

Reducing the strain on the anal/rectal area can often prevent hemorrhoids.

To prevent constipation, make sure you get plenty of fiber in your diet. Eat foods high in fiber such as beans, whole-grain breads, and fresh fruits and vegetables. If you need to add more fiber to your diet, try a fiber supplement like Metamucil or Citrucel.

Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day. If you have hard stools, you can try a stool softener like Colace or Senokot.

If your job requires sitting for long periods of time, try to take short breaks to stand when possible. Avoid activities such as reading while sitting on the toilet.

If you do develop hemorrhoids, begin treatment immediately so they do not worsen. That way you may eliminate the need for external hemorrhoid surgery.

Hydrocortisone creams such as Preparation H are available over-the-counter at any pharmacy. They help reduce the swelling of hemorrhoids and also relieve the itching, burning, and pain. Hydrocortisone suppositories are also available to treat internal hemorrhoids.

External hemorrhoid surgery is usually necessary when hemorrhoids are particularly large, when they don't respond to other, less invasive treatments, and/or when there is a lot of bleeding. The hemorrhoid is surgically removed in a procedure called a hemorrhoidectomy. External hemorrhoid surgery is usually quite painful and also carries a rather significant risk of infection.

Inverse galvanism hemorrhoid treatment, sometimes referred to as the Kessey method, is often used to treat internal hemorrhoids. It can be used on external hemorrhoids as well, though, and can be a good alternative to external hemorrhoid surgery. It works by electrolysis. A small current of electricity is directed into the hemorrhoid tissue. It causes the hemorrhoids to shrink and shrivel up. Inverse galvanism hemorrhoid treatment is generally a painless procedure. Risk of infection is much lower than with traditional surgery. The drawback is that several treatments are required.

Many people prefer to try a natural remedy for their hemorrhoids before turning to external hemorrhoid surgery or inverse galvanism hemorrhoid treatment. Natural products usually don't carry the risk of side effects that medical treatments carry, and may have other health benefits as well.

See your doctor is your hemorrhoids don't respond to do-it-yourself treatments. Be sure to see a doctor right away if you have bleeding with bowel movements, as this could be a sign of a more serious condition.

Please feel free to write to us if you have any further questions about the inverse galvanism hemorrhoid treatment.



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