Minimally Invasive Surgery for Hemorrhoids
Although it can be a sensitive issue most people shy away from discussing, hemorrhoids are very common in both men and women. In fact, about half of all people will have hemorrhoids by age 50.
Caused when the veins or blood vessels in and around your anus and lower rectum become swollen and irritated as a result of extra pressure, hemorrhoids can be either inside your anus (internal) or under the skin around your anus (external).
While there are at-home treatments such as sitting in warm water in a bathtub several times a day, using ice packs or hemorrhoid creams, or increasing fiber intake, some patients may require surgery to correct the problem.
General surgeons use Doppler-guided technology and an absorbable suture to “tie-off” the arterial blood flow and restore and “lift” the hemorrhoid tissue back to its correct position. This is done without any surgical removal of tissue. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and is offered as an outpatient surgery, meaning patients are able to return home the same day.
Who is at risk for hemorrhoids?
You are more likely to get hemorrhoids if you:
- Are pregnant
- Sit on the toilet for too long
- Are obese
- Do things that make you strain more, such as heavy lifting
- Have a family history of hemorrhoids
- Have long-term or chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Are between 45 and 65 years old
What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?
While each person’s symptoms may vary, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Bright red blood in your stool, on toilet paper, or in your toilet bowl
- Pain and irritation around your anus
- Swelling or a hard lump around your anus