Can Hemorrhoids Grow Back?
The answer to this question is yes, although recurring hemorrhoids might be a better designation than actually growing back. Regardless of the term, neither scenario is an optimal one.
Ultimately, it’s more about the patient and how faithful they are to recommended lifestyle and dietary changes.
Basic Facts About Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are a common condition in people who are between the ages of 45 and 65. A hemorrhoid is a tissue which contains enlarged veins either inside the rectum or outside the anal opening.
They may cause pain, itching, bleeding, and irritation, but for the most part, are not dangerous. There are several levels of severity from mild, to moderate, and severe.
Treatments For Hemorrhoids
Many cases of hemorrhoids can be treated at home with over the counter medications to relieve the symptoms. Sitz baths to reduce the inflammation, topical medications and stool softeners can relieve most symptoms especially with mild to moderate cases.
More severe cases can be treated by an in-office procedure. They will greatly reduce the symptoms but will not cure the condition.
The most severe cases may require a surgical intervention known as a Hemorrhoidectomy. This treatment has the lowest percentage of recurrence.
Recurrence Is Manageable
Regardless of the treatment pursued, it is the patient who has the most control over any recurrence of hemorrhoids. There are dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes which can drastically reduce the return of symptoms.
Adherence to these simple changes can make the difference:
- Prevent constipation by eating more fiber-rich fruits and vegetables and other high fiber foods. Broccoli, carrots, beans, and bran all fall into this category. Add a fiber powder as a supplement.
- Drink lots of water each day. 6-8 glasses is recommended.
- Increase physical activity by walking often and engaging in more exercise.
- Use baby wipes to clean after bowel movements. Be gentle.
- Don’t wait to go. Respond immediately to the urge.
- Don’t strain or sit on the commode too long.
Whether a hemorrhoid grows back or recurs, the symptoms and pain are the same.
If you have tried at home treatments with no relief, see one of our specialists Digestive Health Services, SC for an examination and additional recommendations for hemorrhoids. Call us today at (816) 941-0800 for a consultation, questions, or appointments in our Downers Grove or Hinsdale office.