Hemorrhoids are one of the most common ailments for men and women alike. National statistics say more than half the population will develop symptomatic hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, usually after age 30, and some will require surgical treatment.
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are merely swollen veins. The affected tissue may, at times, extend outside the body; this is called prolapse, and it's a sign of an advanced stage of hemorrhoids.
Causes and risk factors for hemorrhoids:
- Pregnancy, due to the strain of carrying the baby and giving birth
- Being overweight
- Straining to move your bowels
- Sitting too long on the toilet
- Standing too much
- Lifting too much
- Increased risk as you get older
- Increased risk if your parents had hemorrhoids
How can you get rid of them?
Procedure for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids (PPH) is a procedure for advanced hemorrhoids that involves less pain and a quicker recovery than traditional removal methods such as hemorrhoidectomy (removal of affected tissue with a scalpel) and Rubber Band Ligation (cutting off blood supply to the affected area with tiny rubber bands). PPH essentially "lifts up" the hemorrhoidal tissue and places it back where it belongs - in the original, normal anatomical position. This results in shrinkage of internal and external hemorrhoids, typically within 4 to 6 weeks. This outpatient procedure is done in an operating room by a general or colorectal surgeon and is usually performed in 30 to 45 minutes. Patients who undergo PPH return to normal activity in a significantly shorter time than patients undergoing conventional hemorrhoidectomy.
In a head-to-head clinical trial, hemorrhoid patients received either hemorrhoidectomy or PPH. Patients having PPH:
Experienced significantly less post-procedure pain
Experienced less post-procedure bleeding, itching, incontinence, and constipation compared to hemorrhoidectomy.
As with any surgical procedure, PPH may present risks. You should talk to you doctor about these risks and discuss which procedure is appropriate for you.
Ask your physician about Procedure for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids at Lourdes.