Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable and can be painful. They’re also difficult to talk about. Don’t suffer in silence; find the key to treating hemorrhoidal veins at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky, a vascular and interventional radiology specialist, who diagnoses and treats hemorrhoids through hemorrhoidal artery embolization. Hemorrhoid embolization stops your symptoms at the source. Call today for fast, pain-relieving treatment.
What Is Hemorrhoid Embolization?
Hemorrhoid embolization is a medical procedure that provides quick, effective relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Embolization is a minimally invasive technique that cuts off the blood supply to the affected veins, shrinking the hemorrhoids. The reported success rate for hemorrhoidal artery embolization ranges between 93 and 100 percent.
Hemorrhoid artery embolization is a relatively pain-free solution. If you suffer from hemorrhoids, visit Sergei Sobolevsky, MD at the Downtown Vein & Vascular. He specializes in this minimally invasive procedure to relieve your symptoms. Dr. Sobolevsky and his team offer this treatment from Our Practice in Downtown Brooklyn, serving all the neighborhoods of the borough and greater New York City.
What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that appear in and around your lower rectum and anus. The swelling occurs when the vessels in this area become inflamed or thrombosed due to increased blood pressure in the affected vessels.
A common condition, hemorrhoids, cause real discomfort, including:
- Itching, pain or discomfort in the rectal area
- Painless bleeding during or between bowel movements
- Swelling around your anus, causing painful bowel movements
- A lump near your anus, which may be sensitive or painful when touched
- A leakage of feces or mucus or bowel incontinence
The condition strikes both men and women equally, and about half the population experiences hemorrhoids by the time they reach 50.
There are many factors that cause this condition, including:
- Suffering from frequent diarrhea
- Suffering from chronic constipation
- Straining during bowel movements
- Regularly lifting heavy objects
- Sitting for long periods, especially when on the toilet
- Eating a low-fiber diet
- Being pregnant or obese
Dr. Sobolevsky was both professional and caring during my vein treatment. He made me feel comfortable throughout the process and provided excellent care. I’m grateful for his expertise and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking vein treatment.
Is There More Than One Type of Hemorrhoids?
The two primary types of hemorrhoids are internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids appear inside your rectum, where you can’t see or feel them. They may cause painless, bright red rectal bleeding during bowel movements.
External hemorrhoids, on the other hand, are located under the skin around your anus. They’re usually painful, causing itching, burning and bleeding.
The common types of hemorrhoids include:
- Thrombosed hemorrhoid. This occurs when a hemorrhoid forms an extremely painful blood clot.
- Prolapsed hemorrhoid. This condition appears when a large hemorrhoid slips out of the anal opening.
- Strangulated hemorrhoid. This happens when a hemorrhoid gets trapped outside the anus and its blood supply is cut off.
- Internal-external mixed hemorrhoid. This type includes both internal and external components, typically causing pain and bleeding.
How Is Hemorrhoid Artery Embolization Performed?
A hemorrhoidal artery embolization involves blocking the artery that supplies blood to the affected area. The treatment is typically performed as an outpatient procedure in your doctor’s office with local anesthesia. It takes about an hour and doesn’t cause much discomfort.
The embolization procedure typically involves several steps, including:
- Your interventional radiologist inserts a catheter into an artery in your groin.
- The catheter is threaded to the artery supplying hemorrhoid.
- Your doctor injects contrast dye into the artery.
- Using fluoroscopy, the radiologist is able to identify the artery on real-time imaging.
- The radiologist then blocks the blood flow to your hemorrhoid by injecting tiny particles of polyvinyl alcohol into the artery.
The procedure reduces the size and symptoms of your hemorrhoids. Once the procedure is complete, you’re discharged within a few hours. You return home with minimal discomfort. The treated hemorrhoid typically shrinks.
What Are the Benefits of Hemorrhoidal Artery Embolization?
The primary benefit of hemorrhoid embolization is that it’s minimally invasive and requires hardly any recovery time. Since no incisions or stitches are involved, it’s a relatively comfortable and straightforward procedure. Unlike other hemorrhoid treatments, embolization does not require cutting or removing the hemorrhoid. Benefits of hemorrhoid embolization include:
- Effectively shrinks hemorrhoids
- Minimal risk of infection or bleeding
- Short recovery time
- High success rate for treating recurrent hemorrhoids
What Are the Other Types of Hemorrhoid Treatments?
Hemorrhoid treatments alleviate pain, itching and inflammation. A variety of treatment options are available for this condition, the most common of which include:
- Over-the-counter creams and ointments, as well as prescription medications reduce your symptoms of hemorrhoids.
- Typically done while you’re under general anesthesia, this procedure involves surgically removing the affected tissue. This surgery is associated with significant post-operative pain and a prolonged recovery.
Find an interventional radiologist specializing in treating hemorrhoid embolization when considering the procedure. The team of experts at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center is uniquely qualified to perform the procedure, offering comprehensive treatment tailored to meet your individual needs. Contact to get the treatment you need to effectively deal with your hemorrhoids.
Sergei Sobolevsky, MD, is a leading specialist in endovascular medicine with experience in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Sobolevsky has decades of experience in the field, with over 25,000 procedures performed, accumulating extensive experience in image-guided minimally invasive medicine, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions.
Dr. Sobolevsky earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 1997 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his specialty clinical training in vascular and interventional radiology at Harvard University. Later, he earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and named to the Top Doctors New York Metro Area in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Dr. Sobolevsky is licensed in multiple states, has delivered presentations at numerous institutions in the US and abroad, and now acts as a clinical advisor for the biomedical industry. He also held multiple positions in the field during his career, including Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, Senior Vice President in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Artann Laboratories in North Brunswick, NJ, and Medical Director at the American Endovascular and Amputation Prevention Center in Brooklyn.More About Dr. Sobolevsky
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