By the Age of 50, Half of America Will Experience This Pain In The Butt!headingContent

Posted on January 10, 2018

man holding his buttocksHemorrhoids happen – now what to do?
It’s a fact; hemorrhoids affect half of the adult population by the age of 50.

Being pregnant, overweight or straining during bowel movements often can increase pressure in the rectum and lead to hemorrhoids. A hemorrhoid is a swollen or inflamed vein in the rectum, or anus, which often leads to itching and bleeding in the undercarriage area. Hemorrhoids increase with age, often accelerating in adult age. In fact, by the age of 50, half the population will experience hemorrhoids.

What Is A Hemorrhoid?

Hemorrhoids are intertwined blood vessels working as “anal cushions” in aiding the defecation process by assisting to open and close the anal canal. During a bowel movement, blood flows in and out of these cushions. When blood flows in, the blood vessels swell the anal canal tissues, and then flow out to shrink and close the anal canal. Hemorrhoids can be caused by sitting too long on the toilet during bowel movements, straining, constipation, diarrhea, obesity and pregnancy – due to increased straining, hypertension and delivery.

Pain, Discomfort, Bleeding and Even Prolapse Associated with Internal and External Hemorrhoids.medical image of hemorrhoid

People living with hemorrhoids often complain of pain and discomfort, and even bleeding after a bowel movement. In some cases, individuals have trouble sitting, squatting or even walking for extended periods of time. Hemorrhoids are internal, deriving in the rectum, or external, originating from the anus. The latter can grow from the body causing the individual instances where they have to push the prolapse back into their body for relief.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach Aimed To Treat the Source of Hemorrhoids

To eliminate the pain and discomfort associated with symptomatic internal hemorrhoids that have failed conservative management, there is a minimally invasive procedure called the Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization (THD™). During THD™ surgery, the colorectal surgeon trained in this procedure, uses a Doppler ultrasound to evaluate blood flow through the diseased hemorrhoid vessels. Once the terminating branches of the hemorrhoidal arteries are identified, the colorectal surgeon ties-off the arterial blood flow with an absorbable suture to ligate the blood flow. The out-flow remains to shrink anal cushion. This THD™ procedure is completed without excision or cutting of tissue. The THD™ procedure can be completed in less than 20 minutes and is often an outpatient surgery. Normal activities are typically resumed within just four days.

Hemorrhoidopexy To Repair The Prolapse.

In some cases, a hemorrhoidopexy to repair the prolapse is performed during a THD™ procedure. The hemorrhoidopexy is completed with a suture and no excision of tissue takes place. The hemorrhoidopexy procedure actually lifts tissue back to its anatomical position.