What Are Hemorrhoids?
Caused by swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum, hemorrhoids can be extremely painful and disruptive to everyday life. Although rarely dangerous, this condition can cause the following:
- Severe itching
Not every patient with hemorrhoids, however, seeks treatment, choosing to keep this condition private. What most patients don’t realize is that hemorrhoids are extremely common. Indeed, by the age of 50, roughly half of the population will have experienced the symptoms associated with this condition.
What causes hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus. They occur when the blood vessel walls stretch and thin and allow the veins to bulge and become irritated. Internal hemorrhoids usually cannot be seen, as they are far inside the rectum. The only way a person knows they have them is from bleeding. External hemorrhoids are under the skin around the anus. Due to the many nerves in this area, external hemorrhoids usually hurt.
here is a genetic predisposition toward getting hemorrhoids. Basically, hemorrhoids develop when there is a buildup of pressure in the lower rectum that affects blood flow, making the veins in the area swell. There are various reasons this happens:
- Pushing during bowel movements
- Straining such as during heavy lifting
- Standing or sitting for long stretches
- Lasting constipation or diarrhea
What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?
You will not always know if you have hemorrhoids, particularly the internal variety. These are common symptoms:\
- Discomfort, itching, or pain around the anus
- Blood in the toilet bowl or on toilet paper when having a bowel movement
- Moist pink (possibly purple or blue, too) bumps around the edge of your anus
You should call the team at PacificMed Health Group if you notice rectal bleeding, whether you know it is from your hemorrhoids or not. This can be a sign of more serious conditions such as colorectal cancer. Also, if your hemorrhoids are very painful and are not responding to home treatments, we can help you with a laser hemorrhoidectomy.
What is Laser Hemorrhoidectomy?
Pacific Med Health Group, we offer state-of-the-art minimally-invasive laser hemorrhoid surgery that effectively delivers fast relief and eliminates painful symptoms.
Usually performed as an outpatient procedure, in a laser hemorrhoidectomy your surgeon directs a beam of laser energy onto each individual hemorrhoid. The laser energy cuts off the hemorrhoid and removes it completely. The advantage of using a laser, rather than a scalpel, for this cutting is that lasers instantly close the incision and coagulate the blood, eliminating bleeding. After we’ve removed the hemorrhoids, we thoroughly clean and sterilize the area. You return home shortly afterward.
Is laser hemorrhoidectomy painful?
You should not feel any pain whatsoever during this procedure. We use a combination of local anesthesia and sedation to preclude any pain and to relax the patient.
What are the advantages of laser hemorrhoidectomy?
There are many advantages for utilizing lasers for this surgery.
- Laser surgery is far faster
- There is minimal or no bleeding
- There is usually no need for sutures
- There is less damage to adjacent tissues
- Recovery is faster with less pain
- Success rates are over 98%
What will recovery be like?
The lack of traditional incisions and sutures makes recovery after laser hemorrhoidectomy far easier than traditional methods. While patients are advised not to perform any strenuous activity for a minimum of two weeks after the procedure, most patients can return to normal daily activities in just a day or so. Contrast this with recovery from a traditional hemorrhoidectomy, which takes around two weeks, but can require up to six weeks.
Are there risks with laser hemorrhoidectomy?
Some people experience numbness around the anal region after this procedure. This can persist for a few weeks. Patients may have difficulty urinating afterward due to swelling or muscle spasms, but this passes. There can be some mild bruising in the treatment area, as well. Otherwise, complications with laser hemorrhoidectomy are rare.
Hemorrhoid Treatment Preparation
Our careful and personalized approach to preparing patients for the procedure invariably pays off. We are known to dedicate a substantial amount of time to an in-person examination and build close personal rapport with patients prior to surgery. During the consultation, our experienced specialists will go over every step involved in the procedure and ensure that you understand what to expect during the recovery process.
COST AND FINANCING OPTIONS
The cost for this procedure may vary from patient to patient depending on various factors. However, most hemorrhoid treatment options are covered by insurance. We guarantee that our pricing will always be competitive with that of other local providers furnishing equivalent services. We provide excellent financing options, and discounts for multiple procedures are available.
Scheduling a consultation
An in-person examination will enable your physician to rule out other potential causes of rectal bleeding such as colon polyps, colitis, colorectal cancer, or anal cancer. In addition, it will allow for an assessment of potential complications such as anemia’s or strangulated hemorrhoids that occur when the blood supply to an internal hemorrhoid is cut off.
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