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Laser Removal of Hemorrhoids

written by: Lashan Clarke • edited by: lrohner • updated: 5/31/2011

Hemorrhoids are commonly treated using surgery or medication. It is possible, however, to conduct laser hemorrhoid removal. By using a laser there are less complications and decreased risk of infection.

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    Anyone who has been diagnosed with hemorrhoids knows how painful this condition can be. Not only is it difficult to pass stools, the hemorrhoids can bleed or have redness and swelling in the area. In some instances, the sufferer might not be able to sit or lie down because of the pain.

    Hemorrhoids are inflammation of the area between the upper and lower parts of the rectum where two different blood supplies meet. This anorectal area can also be a place of irritation if the person is constipated and has a hard time passing stools. Currently the most conventional methods of treatment for hemorrhoids are medication and surgery. It is now possible to use a laser to remove the hemorrhoid and start the healing process.

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    Using Laser Therapy For Hemorrhoids

    Laser therapy is used as a treatment method for many other organs, such as eye or throat surgery. Therefore, it is only natural that it be used as a method in the treatment of hemorrhoids.

    For laser treatment, the surgeon shines a laser into the rectal area to remove the inflamed tissue. As the laser light can burn the tissues, the surgeon will need a skilled hand and be very accurate to target the correct area. The laser tip is placed onto the blood vessel and it is dried and collapses. It can then be cut away in the same way the surgeon will use a scalpel.

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    Advantages of Laser Therapy

    There are more advantages to using laser hemorrhoid removal than the conventional methods. When the surgeon uses a small laser beam, he can be more accurate in removing all of the inflamed tissue as opposed to using a regular scalpel.

    This method of treatment will also have less recovery time. The laser can act in a way to decrease the risk of bleeding and pain by sealing the blood vessels and nerves. Thus the person who undergoes laser treatment will be back to work sooner than someone that has their hemorrhoids removed using regular surgery.

    Another advantage is that laser repair can be completed more quickly than surgery, as the use of a laser is quicker than the preparation and execution of regular surgery.

    The user of a laser has advantages over conventional treatment in its reduction in the amount of infections. Less surgical instruments are used and the laser can help kill any organisms in the area that can infect the wound.

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    Complications of Laser Hemorrhoid Removal

    There are no procedures that are completed with the possibility of complications. The same is true for laser therapy. When used the area can experience numbness as the nerves and blood vessels are sealed in this area.

    The person may also have bruising in this area, after the treatment is completed. Other than these complications, patients have noted that they feel a pulling or stretching sensation, possibly due to tissue healing after the excision of the inflamed vessels.