La Peer Surgical Center Now Offers THD, the Latest in Minimally Invasive Hemorrhoidal Surgery

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Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization, now performed at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills, offers a new treatment for hemorrhoids

We're very excited about using THD to treat hemorrhoids. It's a great option for patients who have experienced little success with topical ointments and who are reluctant to try more invasive surgical techniques.

Hemorrhoids afflict most adults at some point during their lives, causing a great deal of pain, itching, bleeding and inconvenience. However, a new treatment promises relief from severe hemorrhoids without the need for more invasive surgical techniques. Now offered at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills, Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization enables surgeons to ligate, or tie off, the arterial blood flow from the hemorrhoid without removing any tissue.

“THD offers new hope for patients suffering from severe internal hemorrhoids,” says Dr. Gary Hoffman, a board-certified colorectal surgeon with La Peer. “Not only is THD a minimally invasive procedure, causing less postoperative pain than other forms of hemorrhoidal surgery, but it can be performed on an outpatient basis and takes just twenty minutes.”

During Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization, the surgeons at La Peer will insert a lighted anoscope and Doppler ultrasound probe into the rectum. The Doppler probe enables surgeons to hear the “whooshing” sound made by the blood flow in the artery. Once our doctors identify the the hemorrhoidal arteries, they can ligate the arterial blood flow using absorbable stitches.

In some cases, surgeons will need to repair a prolapse, which is an enlargement of the hemorrhoidal tissue. THD allows surgeons to accomplish this with sutures and no tissue excision.

Early studies for THD have yielded positive results. When compared to traditional forms of hemorrhoid surgery, THD achieved comparable success for stopping hemorrhoidal bleeding and controlling prolapse. Additionally, patients reported less pain with THD than with other procedures used to relieve symptoms of hemorrhoids.

“We're very excited about using THD to treat hemorrhoids,” says Dr. Eiman Firoozmand, a board-certified colorectal surgeon with La Peer. “It's a great option for patients who have experienced little success with topical ointments and who are reluctant to try more invasive surgical techniques.”

Normal hemorrhoidal cushions located in the anal canal may become swollen and inflamed due to a number of factors including pregnancy, chronic diarrhea or constipation. Although many cases of hemorrhoids will resolve on their own without intervention, some hemorrhoids do require further treatment to improve.

People may not realize that there are actually two types of hemorrhoids, each requiring different treatment methods. The two types of hemorrhoids are internal hemorrhoids, located inside the rectum, and external hemorrhoids, forming under the skin surrounding the anus. Right now, THD is only indicated for the treatment of severe internal hemorrhoids. If you are suffering from painful internal hemorrhoids and would like to learn more about THD, don't hesitate to contact the doctors at La Peer Health Systems for a consultation.

La Peer Health Systems focuses on excellence in patient care and offers the most advanced and contemporary treatments and equipment to which the medical world has access. With 42 doctors across 13 departments, from anesthesiology to urology, La Peer offers comprehensive and widespread medical treatments for all patients. More information about La Peer Health Systems can be found by visiting http://www.LaPeerHealth.com or by calling us at 310.360.9119.

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