Southwest Valley Surgical Associates
Surgeons located in Goodyear, AZ
While most hemorrhoids are entirely harmless, some can cause considerable irritation and pain, making removing them the best course of action. At Southwest Valley Surgical Associates, Dr. Rama Muddaraj and his team have extensive experience in hemorrhoid removal, which is called a hemorrhoidectomy, allowing their patients in Goodyear, Arizona a measure of relief. If you have troublesome hemorrhoids, call the office or use the convenient online scheduler to book a visit.
Hemorrhoidectomy Q & A
What is a hemorrhoid?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins located inside or outside your anus. They're very common, affecting almost three out of four adults at some point in their lives. While most hemorrhoids only have mild symptoms and resolve on their own, some can become thrombosed.
A thrombosed hemorrhoid means that a clot has formed inside the vein, which can lead to swelling and relatively severe pain. In these cases, your doctor typically recommends removal.
What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?
The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are:
- Blood during bowel movements
- A lump around your anus
You should see a doctor if you notice swelling and experience persistent discomfort or pain.
Why do I need a hemorrhoidectomy?
While hemorrhoids -- even thrombosed hemorrhoids -- aren’t necessarily dangerous, they can cause considerable discomfort. If you’ve tried all of the options your doctor recommends and your hemorrhoids are still troubling you, a hemorrhoidectomy might prove to be your best recourse.
How is a hemorrhoidectomy performed?
A hemorrhoidectomy isn’t a major procedure, and your doctor usually performs it on an outpatient basis. Keep in mind that the doctor puts you under general anesthesia, which means you should arrange for a ride home.
The removal itself is straightforward enough: After tying off the swollen vein, your doctor removes the hemorrhoid with one of the following:
- A scalpel
- A laser
- A cautery pencil that uses electricity
The surgeons at Southwest Valley Surgical Associates use the latest tools to perform a hemorrhoidectomy, for better accuracy and less tissue loss.
After your surgery, your doctor sends you home with a complete list of instructions for aftercare. You may experience some pain and discomfort, for which the doctor may prescribe pain medication. Your doctor also provides you with dietary instructions, since you don’t want your bowel movements to create any discomfort while the area heals.
If you have painful and persistent hemorrhoids, call Southwest Valley Surgical Associates to learn more about a hemorrhoidectomy, or use the online scheduling tool book an appointment.