Hemorrhoids are a common and often aggravating condition that most people will experience at some point in life. Unfortunately, it’s possible for a hemorrhoid to become even more distracting — and even severely painful — when becomes thrombosed. Unlike the common hemorrhoids that are caused by swelling of vessels, thrombosed hemorrhoid are caused by clots. Don't worry, these clots are not life threatening at all but, they can cause a lot of discomfort. At Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Creve Coeur, Missouri, Betsy Clemens, MD, and her staff have extensive experience diagnosing and successfully treating these thrombosed hemorrhoids. If you want to learn more, call or message us to schedule your consultation.
A hemorrhoid occurs when a cluster of veins in your rectum or near your anus grows swollen and enlarged. Sometimes, the blood in the swollen area becomes trapped and forms a clot. It is when this happens that the hemorrhoid becomes thrombosed.
It’s not entirely clear what causes some hemorrhoids to thrombose. While sitting for prolonged periods or straining during bowel movements are thought to contribute to their development, they can also occur for seemingly no reason at all.
Like a standard external hemorrhoid, a thrombosed hemorrhoid can cause itching and irritation around your anus. However, this irritation and itching is often more severe with thrombosed hemorrhoids. Furthermore, thrombosed hemorrhoids are more likely to cause severe pain even when you’re simply sitting or walking.
Because thrombosed hemorrhoids tend to swell larger than standard hemorrhoids, they also have a higher risk of causing bleeding during bowel movements.
For many cases of thrombosed hemorrhoids, Dr. Clemens provides a simple outpatient procedure called an external thrombectomy to eliminate the clotted blood from within the swollen hemorrhoid. During the procedure, she creates a small incision in the swollen hemorrhoid to drain the trapped blood.
This procedure occurs in office, without the need for anesthetic, and tends to work best within three days of the formation of the thrombosed hemorrhoid.
Not all thrombosed hemorrhoids require a thrombectomy. Dr. Clemens will evaluate the severity of your case and recommend the best course of action; whether it be to perform a thrombectomy, allow it to resolve on its own or, in rare cases, refer you to a surgeon for more intensive treatment. Call or message Midwest Hemorrhoid Center to schedule a consultation.