You are not alone if you are suffering with hemorrhoids. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons state that 5% of the population seek treatment at any given moment and a full 50% will suffer from hemorrhoids at a given point in life. If you are lucky, your condition will not need surgery.
If other treatments fail, surgery may become necessary. Long-term therapies will require some level of dedication from you. Some steps you might need to take include increasing your fiber intake, drinking more water, getting up, and being more active. These should be things you plan on doing for the long term, not just until things get better.
Complications can arise with surgical treatments not to mention the procedure may not give you the relief you are looking for. There are two popular procedures and they only have a cure rate of about 70-87%.
Common complications with hemorrhoid surgery can include nerve damage, excessive bleeding, infection, perforation of the rectum, urinal incontinence and severe pain. The most commonly reported issues were pain and infection.
Your risks of excessive bleeding will vary according to the procedure you select. One procedure includes using rubber bands to cut off the blood supply to hemorrhoids. Incorrectly, placed bands can result in severe pain.
Urinary retention is the loss of the ability to urinate. You have to understand, the nerves leading to the bladder are extremely close to the rectum. During surgery these nerves can be damaged which could leave you unable to urinate. Rectum perforation is much rarer and generally occurs because of the shape of the surgical instruments in use.
Sadly, surgical procedures provide only temporary hemorrhoid relief. You should be aware that even with these procedures you will need to make some lifestyle and dietary changes. Weight loss, exercise and a change in diet may be in order.
Commonly used hemorrhoid relief creams can cause irritation of the anal region and surrounding tissues. Whether or not you will become irritated will depend on several factors including your propensity for allergic reaction and the ingredients of the cream.
Hemorrhoid relief comes in many forms including natural or homeopathic varieties. For the most part these are safe, effective and side effect free. Common homeopathic remedies have a variety of ingredients including horse chestnut.
A number of people have found hemorrhoid relief from dietary supplements or oral spays. Painful hemorrhoids can be cured safely, easily and naturally with the right treatment.