Fifty percent of people will experience hemorrhoids – swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and lower rectum. While remedies such as Preparation H®, prescription medications and suppositories can provide relief, recurrent internal hemorrhoids may require further treatment.
Thermal ligation is an outpatient procedure that cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, causing it to shrivel and disappear. “We use heat energy to destroy the blood vessel that feeds the hemorrhoid,” says Wilfred Lee, MD, gastroenterologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “Not only is it convenient because it is an outpatient procedure, but it is also precise. The heat energy is well calibrated, which means it destroys the blood vessel, but not the surrounding tissue.”
The procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes, and patients have the option to choose whether or not they would like anesthesia. Those who have anesthesia must wait 30 minutes before leaving. Those who do not want anesthesia can go home right after the procedure.
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