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Minimally Invasive Surgical Hemorrhoidectomy for treating hemorrhoids

January 24, 2011

Hemorrhoids are a very uncomfortable and painful condition that only its sufferer can describe. The condition is characterized with venal swelling and inflammation in the lower anorectal region. This leads to lots of pain and probable bleeding especially while passing bowels.

There are various causes for developing hemorrhoids like poor diet, insufficient exercise, insufficient roughage in the diet and stress. Once you develop the condition, you have yo e careful and avoid getting constipated as it only aggravates the condition.

Hemorrhoids can be treated using one of various options like over the counter creams, sclerotherapy, infrared coagulation, ligation and minimally invasive surgical hemorrhoidectomy or laser surgery.

All these treatment options have their share of benefits and risks; however of the lot, laser surgery is the most precise, neat and quick healing treatment option to use to treat your hemorrhoids problem.

In this minimally invasive surgical hemorrhoidectomy procedure, a precision laser is used to cut away hemorrhoid tissue and seal the blood vessels that lead to the hemorrhoid. The laser that is usually used here is a neodymium-Yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser. However at times the doctor may use carbon dioxide or argon lasers too. Whichever laser is used for the treatment, the attending surgical staff has to wear protective eye wear during the process.

Benefits

The main benefit of using minimally invasive surgical hemorrhoidectomy to treat your hemorrhoid condition is that it creates limited damage to the surrounding tissues, leads to reduced bleeding and also offers increased visibility to the surgeon.

Risks and limitations

Like any other surgery, the risks connected with laser surgery are possibility of post-operative bleeding and in some cases, an infection. In some cases, the patient may also not respond well to anesthesia during surgery.

However, though minimally invasive surgical hemorrhoidectomy effectively treats hemorrhoids, it does not offer a permanent cure. No hemorrhoid treatment option actually offers a permanent cure; the only way you can control or reduce the occurrence of hemorrhoids is by making lifestyle and dietary changes.