Common Misconceptions about Treatments for Hemorrhoids

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Common Misconceptions about Treatments for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are actually present in all individuals whether healthy of not. They are the vascular cushions which surround the general area of the rectum and anus. The term we call hemorrhoids is associated with the symptoms when this part of the body becomes enlarged, inflamed, thrombosed or prolapsed. Many people have them without suffering from any symptoms, and therefore these may be safely left alone. Treatment is usually required for those whose hemorrhoidal symptoms such as excruciating throbbing pain impact on quality of life and daily living. There are many traditional remedies and non-surgical treatments for hemorrhoids. However, if none of these works, surgical procedures maybe required as a last resort. There are common misconceptions about hemorrhoids treatments that hinder sufferers to seek medical attention.

Misconception No.1- All surgical procedures for hemorrhoids are very painful. Due to this reputation of being a painful operation, advances in hemorrhoid surgery have focused on making it less painful.  One such operation is stapled hemorrhoidectomy. Using a specially-designed, single-use stapler instrument the hemorrhoids are excised and the anus repaired from the inside. The end result is that the surgical wound is inside, and no wound is visible outside the anus. Scientific studies have proven that this is less painful than traditional surgery.

Another advanced surgical technique is Transarterial Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization (THD).  Using a doppler ultrasound, the blood vessel supplying the hemorrhoid is identified and ligated with stitches.  Deprived of its blood supply, the hemorrhoid then shrinks and shrivels.  Again there is no wound outside and is therefore almost painless. 

Misconception No. 2 – Another more common misconception about surgery for hemorrhoids is that it can cause fecal incontinence, or the inability to control farting or defecation.  Again this is not true. Properly done hemorrhoid surgery, using any of the techniques discussed previously, does not entail cutting or injuring the anal muscles.  Therefore no complication such as incontinence should develop. 

All surgical procedures for hemorrhoids, however, whether traditional or innovative, may sometimes develop complications such as bleeding, infection and stricture. It is important therefore when seeking treatment, to see practitioners with real expertise in performing such procedures.

Colorectal Specialists provides comprehensive, advance and efficient care to wide range of colorectal conditions. Its expertise is in the surgical management of colorectal cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel diseases, and other benign disorders like hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulae, polyps, fecal incontinence, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and other colorectal problems. It always strives to provide comfort, privacy and total quality service to its clienteles.

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