Stapling Procedure Offers Alternative For Hemorrhoid Sufferers
Posted August 11, 2005 4:59 a.m. EDT
DURHAM, N.C. — A new procedure may means less pain and a quicker recovery for hemorrhoid sufferers.
Hemorrhoids are a cluster of veins that can swell due to constipation or pregnancy. Darla Fisher said she first noticed that she had a problem after she had her third child. She hoped the pain would go away.
"The pain level just got worse and worse each month, so I just decided that I would seek out some more help," she said.
Surgery can be done to remove the swollen hemorrhoid tissue. It often means several days in a hospital and the area remains very sensitive for several weeks. However, a new surgery called Procedure for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids (PPH) offers same-day surgery and a fast recovery.
With PPH, the hemorrhoid is not removed. It is moved back to its normal position.
"There's a special stapling device that will allow us to return or reduce the hemorrhoid tissue back into the ano-rectal canal," said Dr. Scott Convington.
Once in place, the surgeon literally staples the tissue down. Fisher had the surgery on a Friday and was back to work on Monday.
"It's been over a year now and I've not had any problems whatsoever," she said.
One way to reduce your risk of hemorrhoids is to eat a diet rich in fiber and drink plenty of water.