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What Are Your Surgical Options For Curing Severe Hemorrhoids?

Aug 12, 2008
As common as clouds on a summer day, hemorrhoids afflict millions of people each year. It is the most common ailment never talked about. The good news is that most hemorrhoids can be successfully treated at home; those that can't (approximately 10 to 20 percent) benefit from specialized treatments.

In order to understand the degrees of severity in hemorrhoids, it is necessary to understand the term "prolapse." Hemorrhoids begin internally but as they become swollen and distended they can protrude from the rectum. This protrusion is called a prolapse. When a prolapsed hemorrhoid gets tapped outside the rectum, the blood supply is cut off and it becomes "strangulated."

The four grades of hemorrhoids are: (1) no prolapse at all, (2) prolapse after a bowel movement, but spontaneously retract, (3) prolapse after a bowel movement but must be manually retracted, and (4) hemorrhoids that are prolapsed and strangulated. In grades 3 and 4, hemorrhoids usually require specialized treatment. Most specialized treatments can be performed on an outpatient basis. The most common specialized treatments for severe hemorrhoids are: ligation, hemorrhoid stapling, and hemorrhoidectomy.

Sometimes called the rubber band treatment, ligation, is the least invasive of the three treatments. In this procedure the physician places a rubber band around the prolapsed hemorrhoid. Within a few days both the hemorrhoid and the rubber band fall off. What remains is soreness and tenderness at the wound site. Usually within a week the soreness is gone.

Stapling is another method that is frequently used in treating severe hemorrhoids. In this procedure the physician uses a special stapling tool to excise the internal hemorrhoid. This stapling causes the hemorrhoid to shrink and thus eliminates the pain, but not the hemorrhoid itself. In general hemorrhoid stapling is more painful than the rubber band treatment and less painful than having the hemorrhoids surgically removed.

A hemorrhoidectomy is the surgical removal of the entire hemorrhoid. Physicians can choose the standard scalpel and suture method, or the laser method. Both are equally effective. Because of the recovery time involved in any surgery, hemorrhoidectomies are often the treatment of last resort. For the most part, hemorrhoidectomies are only advised for the severest hemorrhoids and for those cases where the patient has frequent recurrences.

A wide variety of treatments are currently available for the treatment of severe hemorrhoids. The three mentioned here are the most frequently recommended by doctors. However, there are certainly others equally effective available.
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