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Hemorrhoid

It's estimated that 50 percent of adults in the United States will have hemorrhoids during their lifetime.  Yet, most people who suffer from hemorrhoids find it a sensitive medical problem to discuss with others.

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.

McLaren Macomb offers transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD). 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.  Most patients can return to normal activities within 7 to 10 days, instead of six to eight weeks with traditional hemorrhoid surgery.

Advantages of THD over traditional hemorrhoid surgery include:

  • Faster recovery time
  • No open wounds
  • Discomfort only lasts for 4 to 5 days
  • Patients leave the hospital the same day

What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels of the rectum. Common causes are pregnancy, chronic constipation and lack of fiber in diets. There are two general types of hemorrhoids: internal and external.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain and pressure in the anal canal
  • A grapelike lump on the anus
  • Itching and/or burning
  • Blood on underwear, toilet paper or on the surface of the stool 

Individuals with any of these symptoms should consult a physician.