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Hemorrhoids Happen!

Hemorrhoids are not a frequently discussed topic. Most people simply tolerate the problem and are often frightened by the thought of traditional surgery. It is estimated that 50% of Americans will, at some point in their lives, suffer from hemorrhoids.

Now you can find relief and get back to enjoying life. The THD™ procedure offers a minimally invasive surgical approach to treating the source of the hemorrhoids. And, because there is no surgical removal of tissue, there is minimal post-operative pain. THD™ (Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization) is offered as an out patient procedure which gets you back to normal activities quickly.

Clinical results have shown that patients who have THD™ may encounter less pain, less risk of complications, and faster return to activities inside of 4 days.

What are Hemorrhoids

50% of the American population have suffered or will suffer from hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids natural occur in our body. Hemorrhoids are swollen or dilated blood vessels located inside the anus (internal hemorrhoids) or around the exterior of anus (external hemorrhoids). It is normal for blood vessels to be located in this region. Doctors are not exactly sure why these veins become enlarged and swollen, but several associations have been made. Hemorrhoids are usually not very painful or critical, but they can be bothersome.

What causes hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are often caused by a combination of many things. Uncovered reasons include straining during a bowel movement, frequent constipation (hard or difficult bowel movements), diarrhea (frequent, loose, watery stool), pregnancy, cirrhosis of the liver.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

Multiple symptoms of hemorrhoids may occur. Symptoms can be made worse by straining during constipation and overly aggressive wiping of the anus. The symptoms can be pain and pressure in the anal canal; a grapelike lump on the anus; itching and soreness in and around the anus; and/or blood on underwear, toilet paper, the surface of the stool or in the toilet bowl.

What are internal hemorrhoids?

The classic symptom of an internal hemorrhoid is the presence of blood when you go to the bathroom. The blood is found on the stool or toilet paper or in the toilet bowl. Internal hemorrhoids occasionally extend outside of the anus. Certain conditions may cause internal hemorrhoids to bulge and/or become irritated and bleed, including the following: pregnancy and trauma during childbirth, obesity, chronic (long-lasting) constipation with straining, diarrhea, anal intercourse and rarely, a bulging internal hemorrhoid may cause a blood clot to occur.

What is hemorrhoidal prolapse?

Prolapse is enlargement of the hemorrhoidal tissue. When prolapse occurs, the rectal mucosa protrudes outside the anus. At first, prolapse of the rectum may occur only at defecation. Later, it may accompany sneezing and coughing, and may also occur at any exertion. Disturbances of normal continence, mucus, bleeding, and impairment of rectal sensation are frequent.

How are hemorrhoids treated?

You may need to have surgery to treat the internal hemorrhoids. Several different procedures are available to eliminate or shrink hemorrhoids. These include: 1. Rubber band ligation: the doctor ties a rubber band around the hemorrhoid to cut off the circulation; the hemorrhoid then shrivels and disappears. 2. Sclerotherapy: the doctor injects a chemical solution into the hemorrhoid to shrink it. 3. Infrared coagulation: the physician burns the hemorrhoid off. 4. Hemorrhoidectomy: this is a surgical procedure to remove hemorrhoids. 5. Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization or THD: THD a less invasive, less traumatic approach to hemorrhoid treatment. Consult your physician to see what’s right for you.

Where are hemorrhoids treated?

Depending on the severity of your hemorrhoids, your doctor may perform the procedure in the hospital or doctor’s office. Again, consult with your physician.

What is the THD procedure?

During the THD procedure, which is minimally invasive, the surgeon restricts only the blood vessels with Doppler-guided technology and suture. There is not excision or “cutting” of tissue. Because there is no tissue removal, there is less pain.

When can I go back to normal activities?

THD allows for very quick recovery. Normal activities may be resumed within 4 days. Your physician may also advice a high fiber diet.

How can I prevent hemorrhoids?

Remember hemorrhoids occur naturally. You can prevent aggravating hemorrhoids by keeping bowel movements regular and stool soft. Try relieving constipation with a high fiber diet. Also, avoid prolonged standing, sitting, and heavy lifting, and chronic coughing, straining at stool, and aggressive wiping.

The Procedure

THD is indicated for symptomatic internal hemorrhoids that fail conservative management.

A Minimally Invasive Procedure

THD uses a doppler to locate the terminating branches of the hemorrhoidal arteries. Once the artery is located the surgeon uses an absorbable suture to ligate or “tie-off” the arterial blood flow. The venous “out flow” remains to “shrink” the cushion. This is done without excision of tissue. If necessary the surgeon will perform a hemorrhoidopexy to repair the prolapse. Again, this is done with suture and no excision of tissue. This repair restores and “lifts” the tissue back to its anatomical position.

The entire procedure is performed above the dentate line so that there is minimal discomfort. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and is offered as an out-patient surgery.

 

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