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New Hemorrhoid Procedure Involves Less Pain, Quicker Recovery Time

Hemorrhoids are one of the most common ailments among adults, but unfortunately many suffer in silence rather than discuss hemorrhoid treatment with their doctor. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins that stretch and descend into the anal canal, causing pain, itching and bleeding. Causes of the condition include constipation and childbirth. According to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, hemorrhoids are one of the most common ailments in both men and women. More than half the population will develop the condition after age 30. More than 525,000 patients in America are treated annually for hemorrhoids. Of these, about 10 to 20 percent will require surgical treatment for the condition.

A new, minimally invasive surgical approach was recently introduced in the United States. It is called procedure for prolapse and hemorrhoids (PPH). The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.

Clinical trial results comparing PPH to conventional hemorrhoid surgery have shown that patients who have the new procedure experience significantly less pain, a quicker recovery period, fewer overall complications and require less postoperative pain medication.

“The development of this alternative procedure for hemorrhoids is groundbreaking,” says Laurence Gibson, MD, an independent general surgeon with offices in Gurnee and Waukegan. “For years, physicians and patients have been awaiting a surgical treatment that caused less pain and a shorter recovery period than traditional procedures, and now we have one.”

PPH uses a circular-stapling device that removes a donut-shaped section of anal tissue and repositions or lifts the hemorrhoidal tissue, restoring the normal anatomy. The resulting reduction of blood flow to the hemorrhoids causes them to shrink within four to six weeks after treatment.

“Because the PPH procedure occurs above the nerves that cause pain, the amount of discomfort experienced by patients is much less than occurs with a traditional hemorrhoidectomy, which involves making an incision in tissue through the nerve-bearing region. Patient recovery times have also been shown to be much less than following traditional surgery,” Dr. Gibson explains.

According to Dr. Gibson, many people with a severe hemorrhoid problem choose to suffer because of embarrassment and fear of the pain associated with traditional hemorrhoid surgery. “I’m confident PPH will bring relief to many thousands of sufferers. PPH is a revolutionary procedure and the most significant advancement in the treatment of hemorrhoids in a generation. Traditional hemorrhoid surgery will become a thing of the past because this new procedure is truly a miracle for hemorrhoid sufferers. The best advice I can offer to hemorrhoid sufferers is simply this: Don’t wait to call! We can offer you immediate relief,” Dr. Gibson says.

 
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