Piles are one of the most common ailments for men and women alike - affecting more than half the population in the world at some point in their lives. Onset commonly occurs after the age of 30, but Piles are reported in people of all ages. Approximately 10 - 20 percent of all Piles cases require surgical treatment.
What are Piles?
Each of us has veins within the anus that tend to stretch under pressure. It is believed these veins exist to protect and cushion the anal canal. When these veins swell, they are called "Piles".
Piles Prevalence and Diagnosis
Piles can affect men and women alike; however, an individual may be more likely to get Piles as they age or if their parents had them. Pregnant women often get Piles because of the strain from carrying the baby and from giving birth. For most women this is a temporary problem. Obesity, straining during bowel movements, sitting too long on the toilet, standing for long periods regularly or lifting too much weight can make Piles worse. Constipation is often the main cause of Piles.
The symptoms include itching & soreness around the anal opening, dragging sensation in the back passage, discomfort or pain while passing stool, blood in the stool, bulging or lumpy feeling inside the anus or hard lumps protruding from the anal opening.
How Minimally Invasive Procedure for Piles (MIPH) works
Using a circular stapler device, the procedure essentially "lifts up," or repositions the anal canal tissue, and reduces blood flow to the swollen veins. These veins then typically shrink within four to six weeks after the procedure. The MIPH procedure results in less pain than the traditional open operation because it is performed above the "pain" line, or inside the anal canal. The advantage is that this treatment method affects few nerve endings, while traditional procedures are performed below the pain line, affecting many sensitive nerve endings.
Benefits of MIPH
Compared to open surgery, MIPH has the following benefits:
Day care procedure.
Shorter operation time.
Less blood loss during the operation.
Less pain after the operation.
No dressing required after the operation. Also, no hot water baths needed.
Less healing time.
The patient can get back to work on the next day of the operation.
Start Talking to Your Doctor about MIPH
Painful and prolonged traditional surgery, long healing period of four to six weeks, daily hot baths (Sitz bath) three to four times a day and embarrassment because of the location of the disease coupled with high recurrence rates of the traditional surgery contribute to patients suffering in silence rather than discussing Piles treatment with their doctor. MIPH has changed all that.
The Stapler Technique used in MIPH
The diagrams alongside illustrate the Stapler technique employed during MIPH.
The picture on top shows the Piles before the operation.
The middle two pictures show the Stapling being done.
The bottom picture shows the effect of the Stapling.
Facility for MIPH
Diagnostic and therapeutic facility for Piles including MIPH is now readily available at Jalandhar.For queries, advice or consultation you can get in touch with Dr. Deepak Chawla at firstname.lastname@example.org.