Piles are not life-threatening, but when they get swollen or enlarged, it leads to pain, irritation, and discomfort.
People who have piles find it difficult to conduct their regular activities smoothly. You might feel pain or discomfort while sitting or walking. But you can get relief from this condition with effective piles treatments .
There are several treatments available for piles, and you can go for the one that is suggested by your physician.
Types of Piles Treatment
For treatments for the piles, there are two options; invasive and non-invasive. Let’s get to know about them in detail.
Invasive means removing piles or haemorrhoids through a surgical procedure. These are:
Conventional Excisional Haemorrhoidectomy
It is a traditional way to treat haemorrhoids. In this process, the surgeon will open up the anus to remove the piles. The wound formed during the surgery will be left open so that it can heal quickly.
Closed Wound Excisional Haemorrhoidectomy
This procedure is similar to conventional haemorrhoidectomy, as the surgeon will remove the piles by cutting them away. But the incision made by the surgeon will be closed with the help of absorbable stitches. This surgery has a less painful and shorter recovery time.
It is another surgical procedure that is ideal for treating prolapsed and internal haemorrhoids. Here, the piles get stapled back to their actual position in a way that stops the blood supply.
The stapled haemorrhoidectomy has a quick recovery time compared to other surgical procedures. But the chances of the piles forming again remain.
This surgical procedure involves coagulating the tissue before it is removed to control the bleeding. It can help reduce the chances of complications. It will also lessen the pain and blood loss after the surgery.
THD [Transanal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialisation]
It is a less invasive process where the surgeon will use Doppler imaging and an anoscope to find and ligate the pile’s arteries. After that, the surgeon will stop the blood supply, which shrinks the piles.
Non-Invasive Piles Treatment
Non-invasive means there is no surgical process involved. These piles treatment options are not painful.
Suppositories and Medications
You can get relief from the pain with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications. Rectal and topical suppositories will help lessen the swelling, itching, and pain.
Rubber Band Ligation
It is a popular treatment option where the doctor will place a band around the base of the piles. Doing so will stop the blood supply to the piles and will cause it to shrink and fall off.
This treatment option is beneficial for people who have prolapsed piles. It will provide relief from pain and discomfort.
Energy Ligation of Haemorrhoidal Arteries
This procedure is similar to rubber band ligation, but there is a small difference. To cut off the blood supply of the piles, heat is used for shrinking haemorrhoids.
How are Piles Classified?
Piles are known to be internal and external. Internal means it develops inside the rectum, and external means it develops around the anus. But there are several ways through which piles are classified:
- Grade 1: Piles that lead to some discomfort but don’t protrude
- Grade 2: Piles protrude outside the anus when straining takes place during bowel movements. But it returns by itself later on.
- Grade 3: Piles stick outside the anus during the bowel movement but need to be pushed back inside manually.
- Grade 4: Piles prolapse outside of the anus, and they can’t be pushed inside. It increases the chances of complications like strangulation.
A skilled and qualified surgeon will decide the best treatment for piles as it will depend on the classification. They will check the type of piles you have and in what condition it is, and then proceed with the treatment.
Piles can be painful and prevent you from conducting regular activities. It can cause an itchy feeling around the anus and lead to irritation and rectal bleeding.
The best way you can get rid of this condition is by opting for the best treatment for piles. You can speak with your doctor to know about a treatment that is right for you.
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