OVERVIEW, TREATMENT, AND PREVENTION
SURGERY GROUP LOS ANGELES
Hemorrhoids, commonly known as piles, are cushions of vascular tissue found within the anal canal. Approximately 50% of adults, over the age of 50 have symptomatic “hemorrhoidal disease”. Although it is more common in adults, it is still possible to experience hemorrhoidal disease at a younger age.
Hemorrhoids, like many diseases, do not discriminate to one’s age, gender, or socio-economic status. Therefore, it is essential to gain the necessary knowledge to help prevent, detect, and treat hemorrhoids.
CAUSES OF HEMORRHOIDS
- Straining and constipation
- Prolong sitting
- Chronic diarrhea
- Portal hypertension
TYPES AND SYMPTOMS
External hemorrhoids: develop below the dentate line (the dentate line divides the upper 2/3rd and lower 1/3rd of the anal canal).
- Pain, if there is a thrombus (blood clot) formation
- A leftover skin tag
- Irritation and itching
- Hygiene issues
Internal hemorrhoids: develop above the dentate line.
- Rectal Bleeding
- Usually painless
- Complete physical examination to include visual/digital examination and anoscopy
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy may be performed to rule out other more severe conditions such as colon cancer, polyps, or inflammatory bowel disease.
- Dietary and lifestyle modification (proper hygiene, high fiber diet, stool softeners)
Non operative/office based procedures:
- Injection sclerotherapy – injection of chemical agents into hemorrhoids to cause fibrosis, scarring, and shrinkage.
- Rubber band ligation – placement of rubber band at the base of hemorrhoid constricting and compromising the blood supply. Hemorrhoids will shed within a few days.
- Hemorrhoidectomy – procedure in which hemorrhoids are surgically removed .
- THD (transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization) – minimally invasive surgical procedure which has show to cause less pain and discomfort. It does not involve surgical removal of the hemorrhoids but rather a doppler probe is used to stop hemorrhoidal blood flow and to suture pexy of the hemorrhoid back into the anal canal.
- Weight loss and exercise
- High fiber diet
- Increased fluid intake
- Avoid constipation and straining
SURGERY GROUP LOS ANGELES:
THE CENTER OF CHOICE FOR PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT OF HEMORRHOIDS
Surgery Group Los Angeles is an experienced medical group constituting of highly skilled board-certified colorectal surgeons. Our team concentrates in hemorrhoid management. Conservative management and avoidance of surgery is the desired treatment.
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