What Sclerotherapy (Injection Therapy)?
Sclerotherapy is a popular form of haemorrhoid treatment by which a chemical agent is injected into the haemorrhoid to cause it to shrink and go away.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure typically prescribed for treating small, internal, first or second degree haemorrhoids i.e., in the starting stages of haemorrhoids.
Principle of Sclerotherapy:
Sclerotherapy procedure employs a hardening chemical that scars the inflamed tissue, reducing the hemorrhoid's blood-flow and thereby alleviating both the cause of the hemorrhoid and its symptoms.
Who requires Sclerotherapy:
The conditions that warrant the use of the procedure is specific. For example, physicians will commonly prescribe Sclerotherapy for-
- Individuals who do not respond positively to home hemorrhoid treatments
- For internal hemorrhoids that are too small to treat with Kshar Sutra Therapy. Sclerotherapy is typically used for hemorrhoids that are smaller in size and dimension.
- Hemorrhoids that only bleeds.
- In cases where an individual's health is not strong enough to handle Kshar Sutra Therapy or Major Surgery.
Sclerotherapy is not appropriate for the hemorrhoids that have become prolapsed, or externalized, in which case Kshar Sutra Therapy would probably be recommended.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy:
- Sclerotherapy itself is a far less intensive procedure than other interventions such as a Kshar Sutra Therapy and Hemorroidectomy (Major Surgery).
- With Sclerotherapy treatment, recovery time is shorter and the procedure threatens less risky side-effects.
- The procedure can be done in a doctor's office; it does not require a stay in the hospital.