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Can rectal bleeding be cured?

Some cases or rectal bleeding are easier to treat than others. Many cases of hemorrhoids can be resolved with simple lifestyle changes and home treatments. Surgery is typically performed on polyps that are found at the time of colonoscopy. These can generally be removed in the same procedure using small biopsy or snaring devices. In rare cases, hemorrhaging (uncontrolled bleeding) may occur. It requires immediate surgery to prevent further blood loss. Bowel resection (surgical removal of the bleeding part of the bowel) may need to be done as an emergency procedure. Less severe or slower bleeds from diverticula may be able to be managed via colonoscopy rather than surgery. If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer, you may need to undergo surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy or a combination of all. Please see our report on colon cancer for full details.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Hemorrhoids


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