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Medical Procedures for Symptomatic Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoid artery embolization (HAE) is a non-surgical approach used to treat symptomatic hemorrhoids. This minimally invasive procedure offers a high success rate, reduced risk of complications, minimal discomfort, and faster recovery.

Internal grade 2-3 hemorrhoids can cause significant discomfort and negatively impact a person's quality of life. Several treatment options are available, but HAE has emerged as a highly effective and safe procedure, posing only a minor risk of complications.

What Does Hemorrhoid Artery Embolization Involve?

During HAE, a small catheter is inserted into the arteries that deliver blood to the hemorrhoids. These arteries are then blocked using tiny particles or coils, which cut off the blood supply to the hemorrhoids. Without a blood supply, the hemorrhoids shrink and eventually disappear.

HAE vs. Surgical Hemorrhoid Removal

HAE is considered a superior treatment option to surgical removal for several reasons. Firstly, HAE is a less invasive procedure, which means it involves less pain and discomfort for the patient. Surgical removal, on the other hand, requires incisions and tissue removal, which can lead to a longer recovery time and more post-operative pain.

Another advantage of HAE is that it is associated with fewer complications than surgical removal. With HAE, there is a lower risk of infection, bleeding, and damage to surrounding tissues. Additionally, the recovery time is typically shorter with HAE, allowing patients to resume their normal activities sooner.

Additional Hemorrhoid Medical Procedures

While HAE is an extraordinarily successful intervention for the majority of patients struggling with hemorrhoids, it might not be suitable for everyone. The following hemorrhoid medical procedures might offer symptom relief for people unable to undergo an embolization procedure.


Hemorrhoidopexy involves stapling the hemorrhoid tissue to reduce blood supply and promote healing. By doing so, it helps to relieve the pain and other symptoms of hemorrhoids, such as itching and bleeding. However, as a surgical procedure, hemorrhoidopexy might have a higher risk of complications than HAE.


Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure for treating various vascular conditions, including hemorrhoids. It involves the injection of a chemical solution directly into the affected blood vessels, causing them to shrink and eventually disappear. The procedure presents several complication risks, however, and might cause reproductive issues in male patients.

Hemorrhoid Banding Procedure

Hemorrhoid band ligation is a non-surgical hemorrhoid treatment. During the procedure, a thin rubber band is secured around the hemorrhoid's base, cutting off its blood supply and causing the hemorrhoid to shrivel and eventually fall off.

Texas Hemorrhoid Institute: Giving Patients Access to Effective, State-of-the-Art Hemorrhoid Treatment

Texas Hemorrhoid Institute is dedicated to effectively treating symptomatic internal hemorrhoids through hemorrhoid artery embolization (HAE). This intervention is a less invasive alternative to conventional surgical methods, and it offers numerous benefits, such as reduced pain, faster recovery time, and minimal post-procedure discomfort.

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