Sclerotherapy is an advanced form of treatment for varicose veins that do not respond
to other forms of treatment or occurs again after a successful treatment. Hemorrhoid,
which is a form of varicose veins in the anus, can be treated using sclerotherapy.
This is often used to treat severe cases of hemorrhoids.
A chemical solution called sclerosant in injected using a needle and aided by an
anoscope into the affected veins.
This chemical irritates the vein lining causing the vein to collapse, blocking the
flow of blood. The vein thus naturally dies and the hemorrhoids disappear.
There is very minimal pain associated with this procedure and the recovery period
is also short at two to three weeks only. Depending on the type of your work, you
will be able to return in a short time.
When combined with proper dietary adjustments, sclerotherapy for hemorrhoids have
been found to be very effective in treating and totally eliminating hemorrhoids.
This can be a permanent solution to hemorrhoids without the need for a surgery.
Within the two to three week period, slight bleeding may be experienced as the hemorrhoids
begin to fall off. This is no cause for concern. If however, you feel that the bleeding
is more than what is expected, it is prudent to consult your doctor immediately.
Because it involves the introduction of a chemical into the body, doctors only recommend
sclerotherapy when other previous treatments did not work. It is also recommended
for internal hemorrhoids that are too small to treat with hemorrhoids banding or
if you are older that 70 years, or in a poor health condition and may not be able
to withstand invasive surgery or severe pain.
Sclerotherapy is also not recommended for large thrombosed hemorrhoids. Most often,
large hemorrhoids recur after sclerotherapy treatment.
Sclerotherapy is far from being a routine procedure for hemorrhoids. Thus, the success
of the treatment depends to a large extent on the expertise of your doctor and your
ability to follow dietary changes that will ensure that you pass soft stools during
Thus, it is recommended that you carefully choose your physician as not many doctors
know how to do the procedure nor do they have the equipment required for the procedure.
You also need to prep yourself up for possible changes in your diet and lifestyle.
What To Expect After Treatment
After treatment, you will be asked to take sitz bathsto help ease the pain and hasten
the healing of the wounds. You will also be asked to refrain from taking other medications
that might trigger excessive bleeding and complicate your condition.
As with any other hemorrhoids treatment that involves the physical removal of the
thrombosed veins, expect to feel excruciating pain in the next two or three weeks.
However, your doctor will most likely prescribe pain relievers to help you bear the
Dietary restrictions may also be imposed and you might also be given laxative agents
that help soften the stool. This will help in easier bowel movement while your wounds
in the anal area are still healing. Straining during bowel movements might cause
other parts of the area to develop new hemorrhoids and will interfere in the healing