Hemorrhoid Artery Embolization

More than half of Americans suffer from hemorrhoids by age 50. Hemorrhoids are veins found around the anus that can become abnormally enlarged due to chronic constipation or straining (such as childbirth or weightlifting). When these veins grow, they can cause symptoms such as bleeding, pain, or itchiness and can be associated with a change in bowel habits.

The HAE Procedure

  • A small catheter is placed into an artery in the groin or forearm and directed into the pelvis toward arteries providing blood to the hemorrhoids.
  • Artery blocked with tiny spherical particles.
  • Because only some rectal arteries are blocked, the rectum has an adequate blood supply and is not starved of oxygen.
  • Blood flow is reduced to the hemorrhoids, preventing further bleeding and reducing or eliminating pain.

The HAE Procedure – What to Expect

  • Procedure takes approximately 1 hour, with a 2-hour recovery time.
  • Done in office
  • Painless procedure
  • Return home to moderate activity the same day
  • Repetition of procedure may be necessary for maximum symptom relief

The HAE Procedure – Advantages

  • Greater than 90% success rate (recurrence rate after traditional treatment is 49%)
  • Preserves anal continence.
  • Does not involve the creation of rectal wounds.
  • Leaves hemorrhoidal tissue in place
  • No general anesthesia is needed.
  • Performed in an outpatient setting.
  • Return to full activity after 3 days.

Could Hemorrhoid Artery Embolization be right for you?

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