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Published on February 28, 2014

Physicians at Kishwaukee Hospital Offer Less Pain and Faster Recovery with New Hemorrhoid Procedure

February 28, 2014

DeKALB, Ill.—Most people who suffer from hemorrhoids find it a sensitive medical problem to discuss with others. However, it is a common condition. An estimated 50 percent of adults in the United States will have it during their lifetimes. Hemorrhoids, swollen blood vessels of the rectum, are commonly caused by pregnancy, chronic constipation, and lack of fiber in diets. The two general types of hemorrhoids are internal and external.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain and pressure in the anal canal
  • A grapelike lump on the anus
  • Itching and/or  burning
  • Blood on undergarments, toilet paper, or during bowel movements

Individuals with any of these symptoms should consult their physician. For many people who have hemorrhoids, the problem comes and goes. While inconvenient, they can manage with over-the-counter preparations and lifestyle changes. However, others who have chronic or more serious hemorrhoids may require surgery to get relief. Unfortunately, traditional hemorrhoid surgery has had a reputation for a long post-op recovery.

Now, with a procedure called transanal hemorrhoid dearterialization (THD), patients can return to normal activities in four to six days with minimal post-op pain. For the past year, surgeons Roger Maillefer, MD, Stephen Goldman, MD, Jack Wagoner, MD, and Michael Monfils, MD, have used the THD for their hemorrhoid patients at Kishwaukee Hospital with great success. This minimally invasive surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. During the THD procedure, the surgeon restricts the blood flow to the hemorrhoid with doppler-guided technology and sutures. Unlike traditional surgery, there is no cutting or excision of tissue. As a result, there is less pain and a faster recovery time. People with severe hemorrhoids can be treated in one operation, unlike traditional surgery, where multiple surgeries were often required for severe cases.

Additional advantages of THD over traditional hemorrhoid surgery include:

  • Patients leave the hospital the same day
  • No open wounds
  • Discomfort only lasts four to five days

For more information about KishHealth System Surgical Services and to find a doctor, visit kishhealth.org.

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