Contributed by Dr Wong Nan-Yaw, Colorectal Surgeon. When the veins around your anus or rectum are swollen or inflamed, you have haemorrhoids, also known as piles. This condition is common but painful. It generally gets worse with time, so early treatment is necessary. For cases of less severity, haemorrhoids can be treated with medication or rubber band ligation. However, once the swollen veins start to slip out of the anal canal, surgery is required. In this situation, stapled haemorrhoidectomy can be a viable and less painful alternative. During the procedure, a special stapling device is inserted into the anus to perform the surgery, lifting the haemorrhoids back into the rectum. The entire surgery is performed within the body, under general anesthesia, so there is less pain. In fact, stapled haemorrhoidectomy is considered a day surgery and patients can be discharged approximately two hours after surgery. That’s minimal pain and not a lot of downtime to resolve a painful issue, don’t you agree?
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