HET Hemorrhoid removal is a non-surgical procedure where a physician will use heat energy to minimize blood flow to a hemorrhoid area, thus reducing the size of inflamed hemorrhoids. HET is recommended for grades I and II internal hemorrhoids. The HET system allows for multiple hemorrhoids removal in one procedure.
The HET hemorrhoid removal occurs after the grades I and II hemorrhoids are diagnosed. Symptoms of these include:
During the HET procedure, a physician will apply low-grade heat energy to the affected hemorrhoid area. The heat minimizes blood flow to the hemorrhoids and thus shrinks the size of the hemorrhoids. The heat used is produced using bipolar radiofrequency, which should not produce pain to the patient.
Most medications can be taken as normal, but some may interfere with preparation or examination. Before the procedure, always be sure to mention any medications that are being administered, as the dosage could be changed temporarily for patient safety. Also mention any existing medical conditions or allergies, as it could significantly alter care. Aspirin products or antiplatelet agents, arthritis medication, anticoagulants (such as warfarin or heparin), clopidogrel, insulin, or iron products are cause for particular concern.
Prior to HET hemorrhoid removal, there may be several necessary preparations, which a doctor or nurse will cover in further detail before the appointment. They will also cover post-procedure instructions and care for the affected area.
Complications from HET hemorrhoid removal are rare. Possible complications can include reoccurrence of hemorrhoids and bleeding in the affected area. Always consult a physician with concerns after a procedure.