La Peer Surgeons: Comment on Prevalence of Hemorrhoids, the Top Trending Health Issue in 2012

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Hemorrhoids, the area of expertise for doctors at the Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills, was the most popular online health topic this past year according to the FDA.

About 75% of people will develop hemorrhoids at some point in their lives.

While hemorrhoids may be an uncomfortable topic for conversation, people are certainly searching for information online. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently reported that “hemorrhoids” was the top-trending health-issue search in 2012.

Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins that can form either internally in the rectum or externally near the anus, creating painful and itchy bumps in the skin. According to doctors at the Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence, an extension of La Peer Health Systems, hemorrhoids are a very common complaint.

“About 75% of people will develop hemorrhoids at some point in their lives,” explained Dr. Gary H. Hoffman, board-certified colorectal surgeon and director of the Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence. “In many cases, hemorrhoids will not resolve without the proper medical treatment.”

Hemorrhoids are most common for adults between 45-65 and are more likely to develop in people who meet certain risk criteria. Low fiber diets and being overweight can cause constipation, overstraining during bowel movements, and the development of hemorrhoids over time. Pregnant women also have a greater risk of developing hemorrhoids due to hormonal changes.

Raising awareness of the treatment options available to patients with hemorrhoids is of utmost importance to the surgeons at the Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence.

“Not all hemorrhoids are the same, and the effectiveness of one therapy over another is highly patient-specific,” said Dr. Eiman Firoozmand, general and colorectal surgeon at the Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence. “Pursuing hemorrhoid testing early can curtail the discomfort associated with chronic hemorrhoids and can help you achieve the optimal treatment for your condition.”

Advanced treatments for hemorrhoids offered at the Hemorrhoid Center of Excellence are very safe and offer high success rates. Therapies include rubber band ligation, in which a small rubber band is used to block the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, as well as sclerotherpay, a simple and painless chemical injection that shrinks the hemorrhoid and allows surrounding tissue to heal.

People with mild hemorrhoids may find relief through conservative home therapies, such as over the counter hemorrhoid creams, high-fiber diets, and exercise. However, it is crucial to seek professional medical treatment if serious rectal pain or bleeding accompanies your hemorrhoids.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 40 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, we offer comprehensive medical treatment that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. Our 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

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