What is a hemorrhoid?
A hemorrhoid is a cushion that falls down into the lower rectum. These cushions are held to the wall of the upper rectum by ropes called ligaments. The ligaments break and the hemorrhoids or cushions come down.
What causes hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are caused by constipation, diarrhea, pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, heavy lifting or sitting for long periods.
Is there a pattern for hemmorhoids?
Hemorrhoids are naturally occurring cushions that come down and then often go back up. Thus the pattern is worse, better, worse, better, but always coming back a little worse than the time before because they come down further each time they come down or flare up.
How to treat hemorrhoids
Home remedies such as creams, suppositories and warm baths, relieve the discomfort of hemorrhoids. They do not remove or shrink the hemorrhoids. The hemorrhoids or cushions often return to their upper position whether treated or not.
Creams, suppositories and baths don’t shrink the hemorrhoids, they just take the symptoms away. The hemorrhoids will always come back. At the Mid-South Rectal Clinic, 80% of hemorrhoids are treated without surgery employing Serial Hemorrhoidal Banding.
Serial hemorrhoidal banding
Hemorrhoidal banding is a very quick, painless procedure where Dr. Fox places a small rubber band just above the hemorrhoids where they are no pain nerves. After a banding procedure, the patient gets up off the table and goes about doing what they want. There are no restrictions. After several treatments the hemorrhoids shrink away because their blood supply is cut off.
What if hemorrhoidal banding cannot be done?
Sometimes hemorrhoids are too big and sometimes other problems in the rectum prevent the use of hemorrhoidal banding. In that case, surgery is sometimes required. When surgery is required, Dr. Fox performs the Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy. This is an operation done up within the rectum, where there are no pain nerves, so there is minimal discomfort with surgery. The Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy is also called the PPH.