What You Need to Know about Hemorrhoids (Piles) : Symptoms and Treatment

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Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels in the lower part of the rectum and anal canal. The exact cause of these is unidentified but some predisposing factors like excessive strain during a prolonged period of constipation may cause them.

This can happen to anyone, irrespective of the age. You should get yourself examined by a clinician because instead of piles, it maybe a case of fissure in ano or anal fissure.

It is common to experience pain and then bleeding caused by anal fissure, which is different from hemorrhoids. A fissure is a small cut or tear in the anal canal. These wounds may be painful when touched.

Symptoms of Hemorrhoids

If you face itching, bleeding or pain, you should contact a surgeon. Severe hemorrhoids could result in loss of a good amount of blood, which could lead to anemia and weakness.

A clinician will evaluate you thoroughly and conduct the required internal examination and then confirm the diagnosis of hemorrhoids.

Treatment in the Early Stages

“In the initial stages, when there is less bleeding, hemorrhoids can be managed by lifestyle changes. You should eat a high fibre vegetarian diet with green leafy vegetables, whole grains, cereals and fruits. You must also remember to drink plenty of fluids “ advises Dr Amarchand S Bajaj, Senior Consultant, General Surgery at Sitaram Bhartia.

At this stage, non-surgical treatment options such as injections (sclerotherapy) and banding are available.

You should avoid constipation, which is a major causative factor of piles, by practicing yoga. Also, try to avoid putting strain when on the toilet.

Treatment for Severe Cases : Joseph Matthews’  Story

Joseph Matthews was asked to see a surgeon when his symptoms didn’t go away after a few months.  

He was terrified at the thought of surgery and tried to put off the consultation. But the discomfort he faced only grew more intense. Eventually, he met  Dr Amarchand S. Bajaj.

For his advanced case of piles, Joseph was recommended minimally-invasive procedure for hemorrhoids or MIPH.   

The MIPH or stapled hemorrhoidectomy, which is almost painless, carries minimal risk.  You can go back home on the first postoperative day itself “ Dr Bajaj explained, calming him down.

Joseph was delighted to know that MIPH guarantees a faster and almost painless recovery.

Joseph’s Surgery and Recovery

Joseph was so relieved that the surgery was successful.

“The very next day I could pass stool with almost no pain or suture at the site” he said. He went back home and was able to resume his daily activities.

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