Outpatient Transradial Emborrhoid Technique: A Pilot Study

Roberto Iezzi, Carlo Ratto, Riccardo Manfredi, Alessandro Posa, Angelo Parello, Elena Rodolfino, Angelo Alessandro Marra

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Purpose: To determine whether outpatient transradial emborrhoid technique can be performed safely and effectively in the treatment of symptomatic hemorrhoids. Materials and Methods: The transradial emborrhoid technique was used to treat 12 patients with symptomatic hemorrhoids in an outpatient setting during a 4-month period. After percutaneous catheterization of the left radial artery, a 5-Fr sheath was introduced to catheterize the inferior mesenteric artery and a microcatheter was advanced into the branches of the superior rectal artery for embolization with 0.018-inch detachable coils (Interlock and IDC—interlocking detachable coils). After embolization, the sheath was withdrawn and puncture site hemostasis was achieved using a wrist band. All patients were evaluated 6 h after the procedure to determine whether they meet the discharge criteria and were discharged the following day. The results of the emborrhoid treatment were assessed at the 4-week follow-up. Results: The emborrhoid technique was successful in all patients. There was no major complication associated with the procedure. All patients met the discharge criteria 6 h after the procedure. Reduction of local edema and of hemorrhoidal congestion was observed in all patients. At the follow-up visit, the mean Rorvik score (HDSS + SHS-HD) decreased from 31.50 (7.50) to 13.11 (8.33) (p <.001). Conclusions: Transradial rectal artery embolization is a safe and effective treatment option for patients with chronic symptoms of hemorrhoid disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Angiography
  • Coil embolization
  • Transradial approach
  • Outpatient ambulatory care
  • Hemorrhoid


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