Alternative Hemorrhoids Treatment Available at PHW

WINNSBORO, Texas — Hemorrhoids affect nearly half of all Americans by age 50. A soothing ointment stops the itching and burning for most people, but some need more serious medical intervention to ease the pain.

Marilyn Storey, 59, was one of those sufferers. She began having so much pain she couldn’t walk without assistance. Marilyn sought medical help and learned she had a prolapsed hemorrhoid.

"Some adults develop prolapsed external and internal hemorrhoids that protrude outside of the anal canal," explained Alberto Dela-Cruz, M.D., general surgeon on the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro. "They can become irritated and painful, and some may bleed, interfering with quality of life."

Some people often suffer in silence for fear of pain and long recoveries sometimes associated with traditional hemorrhoidectomies, but like Marilyn, they may not have to. Presbyterian Hospital of Winnsboro offers a new approach in surgical treatment for prolapsed hemorrhoids. The surgical procedure is known as PPH or procedure for prolapsed hemorrhoids — it’s also sometimes called circular stapled proctopexy.

Traditional hemorrhoidectomy involves an incision in the lower portion of the anal canal where many sensitive nerve endings lie. PPH, however, is performed higher in the rectum where there are fewer nerve endings, thus reducing pain from the procedure. Using the hemorrhoidal circular stapler, the surgeon removes a circular strip of rectal tissue, including a segment of the hemorrhoidal artery. This interrupts blood flow to the hemorrhoids, which typically shrink within weeks.

Marilyn can testify to the success of PPH. After undergoing the procedure, she recalled, "Everyone was amazed to see me doing well so quickly."

"PPH patients typically experience less pain, faster recoveries and shorter hospital stays," said Dr. Dela-Cruz, the only surgeon in the Winnsboro area providing PPH. "Thanks to this great innovation, many people can return to their normal activities within a few days of the surgery."

For more information call 1-800-4-Presby (1-800-477-3729).