The manufacturers of over the counter hemorrhoid medications enjoy a ready and lucrative market for their products. Their businesses are built upon the fact that hemorrhoids and other rectal diseases do exist and that temporary relief can often be obtained from their products. These medications temporarily ease the soreness or irritation and often lull the sufferer into a sense of false hope while the rectal disease is allowed to grow progressively worse. All over the counter medications advertise relief from hemorrhoids - never a cure.
This treatment uses a constricting rubberband that is placed around the prolapsing
hemorrhoid, restricting its blood flow and constricting the tissue until it “dies”. The “dead” hemorrhoidal tissue sloughs and is replaced by scar tissue. It can only be used for internal hemorrhoids. The major side effects are severe pain, possible hemorrhage, anal stenosis and anal fissures.
This procedure is usually reserved for the most severe cases of hemorrhoids. Most primary care physicians do not perform the surgery for hemorrhoids themselves. The patient is instead referred to a surgeon. The procedure involves dissecting the diseased tissue then closing the wound. Electrotherapy and sutures control bleeding. This procedure is one of the most painful experiences an individual will ever endure.
Complications include bleeding / hemorrhaging, intense post-operative pain and scar tissue formation, which may lead to a narrowing of the ano-rectal canal. Sometimes the opposite occurs where unintended muscle/neurological damage may lead to incontinence or wet anus syndrome. When possible, it is clearly obvious that one should resort to all non-surgical options prior to submitting to a surgical hemorrhoidectomy.