Other Hemorrhoid Treatment Options
Treating Grades 3 & 4:
For treatment of Grade 3 hemorrhoids and Grade 4 hemorrhoids, doctors will often refer patients to surgeons for more serious hemorrhoid treatment procedures. The most common surgical hemorrhoid treatments are surgical hemorrhoid excision or a surgical hemorrhoid stapling procedure.
An excisional hemorrhoidectomy is the most common surgical hemorrhoid treatment and generally has the best results. Unfortunately, the procedure is very painful so the patient’s recovery is quite difficult. Most patients require a full two weeks to recover. Due to the amount of pain after an excisional hemorrhoidectomy, a new hemorrhoid treatment technique was created to be minimally invasive.
The stapled hemorrhoidectomy procedure is far less painful hemorrhoid treatment because of the incision location. Inside the anus, where there are no nerve endings, a special device cuts a rim of tissue in a circular shape. At the same time, the instrument uses small staples to hold the tissue together. Proponents of the stapled hemorrhoid treatment state that by removing a rim of tissue, the blood supply to the hemorrhoids is disrupted and the hemorrhoids are lifted back in place. This hemorrhoid treatment procedure does have risks, however, including: stapling the rectum to the vagina, damage to the small bowel if done too high in the rectum, bleeding and severe infection. Furthermore, the stapled hemorrhoid treatment procedure will necessarily leave permanent staples within the rectum, which is a downside for some patients.
HAL-RAR is the first system to to treat the source of hemorrhoidal disease that utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques without surgical excision, stapling or banding.