Hemorrhoidolysis is a non-invasive procedure in which the hemorrhoid is shrunk using an electrical current that is manually applied to the actual site of inflammation, using a tool that is known as an electrode, or small probe. The electrode transmits a low-grade electrical current onto the hemorrhoid itself, which in turn causes a chemical reaction in the tissue. It is believed that the tissue at the inflamed site that undergoes this chemical reaction causes hemorrhoidal tissue to shrink, eventually alleviating both the hemorrhoids and its symptoms. The procedure is also called Galvanic Electrotherapy, or the Ultroid method.
Hemorrhoidolysis is a relatively new modality of treatment for hemorrhoids that is most successful for resolving internal hemorrhoids. Typically the procedure is painless and can be preformed without anesthesia in a very short period of time within a doctor’s office. Since complications are virtually non-existent (there are rarely reported side effects such as bleeding or swelling), Hemorrhoidolysis is frequently performed on an outpatient basis, with the individual usually being be able to return to work or home the same day.
Hemorrhoidolysis is most commonly employed for the treatment of internal hemorrhoids. The theory upon which electrotherapy is based has a long history of successful use by sports doctors and physical therapists for treating soft-tissue conditions such as muscle spasms or atrophy. Typically the doctor is able to manually treat one hemorrhoid at a time, over what averages out to be three to four visits. Because the procedure is non-invasive and produces so few complications, it is particularly popular amongst patients who wish to avoid the possible side-effects and recovery time associated with other remedies such as Rubber Band Ligation. It should be noted that long-term resolution of one’s hemorrhoids and its symptoms also depends upon certain lifestyle changes that demand alterations to diet, exercise, and bowel habits. Given the procedure’s rate of success treating milder cases of internal hemorrhoids, doctors and patients will likely continue turning to Hemorrhoidolysis.
David Gilbert received his BA from U.C.L.A. He is currently doing graduate work in psychology at California Graduate Institute, in Los Angeles, CA. Throughout his career in the mental health field he has worked clinically with several populations, and also contributed to academic works whose topics address both health and mental health issues.
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