What to Expect
There is no preparation on the patient’s part for sclerotherapy, since it is a non-invasive outpatient procedure. If the hemorrhoids are external, the professional administering treatment will cleanse the area and perform several injections of the solution depends on how many enlarged hemorrhoids are present. If the hemorrhoids are internal, the professional administering the injections will use a specialized probe or scope to guide them to the correct place to inject.
Some patients may have a slight burning sensation, tingling sensation, or may not feel the fluid being injected at all. When the professional completes the injections, they may perform a message to ensure that no more blood will be re-entering the affected area. In typical cases, these injections need to be done several times for the treatment of all hemorrhoids that are enlarged. Sclerotherapy may take longer for internal hemorrhoids than external hemorrhoids. The treatments are usually two weeks apart and repeated until the desired results are achieved.