Gastroenterology & Digestive Disorders
Hemorrhoid embolization is a minimally invasive procedure to control bleeding caused by dilation of veins in the rectum and anus. It offers patients diagnosed with internal hemorrhoids a treatment option other than surgery.
How hemorrhoid embolization works
Interventional radiologists use imaging devices, such as X-ray or ultrasound, to guide tiny thin plastic tubes into arteries and veins that supply blood to the rectum. They release tiny coils into the vessels to block blood flow to the hemorrhoid. Blood clots within the hemorrhoid, causing it to shrink and bleeding to stop.
We use local anesthesia and moderate sedation, instead of full anesthesia, for this arterial embolization. Usually, you can go home the same day of the procedure.
Most patients return to regular activities a week or two after the procedure. Symptoms typically improve in a few weeks as the hemorrhoid shrinks.
Arterial embolization is a safe and minimally invasive procedure. It reduces risk of complications, causes less pain and shortens recovery time, compared to open surgery.
Who is a candidate for the procedure?
Hemorrhoids affect about half the population in the U.S. A variety of conditions can lead to hemorrhoids, including pregnancy, obesity or abdominal pressure from diarrhea or constipation.
You may get relief from symptoms by changing what you eat. If bleeding continues, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the dilated vein. This is called a hemorrhoidectomy.
A hemorrhoid embolization offers a less invasive alternative to surgery. The procedure relieves symptoms, including bleeding and pain.
Our interventional radiologists work closely with your doctor and other specialists to provide information that can help you choose the right treatment for you.
We're here to help
If you have symptoms of internal hemorrhoids, talk with your healthcare provider about hemorrhoid embolization. Our interventional radiologists also are available to talk with you about the best treatment option for you.
Our interventional radiology services offer an alternative to surgery for patients with a wide range of conditions, including cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal conditions, urologic problems or men’s and women’s health issues.
Call (574) 533-7476 for an appointment with our interventional radiology team.