Have you experienced itchiness and discomfort around your anus, or having difficulty
and excessive “straining” when having a “toilet session”? You might be experiencing
Hemorrhoids are swollen vessels that can cause itching, severe pain, irritation and
discomfort, and a burning sensation in and around the anus. At times they also bleed
and discharge mucus.
In order to ease out the pain and being experience by more or less of the worldwide
population, research and science had improved and developed a new procedure to treat
hemorrhoids. This is called hemorrhoid artery ligation operation , HAL or HALO.
In a HALO operation, arteries supplying blood to the hemorrhoids are scanned using
a small ultrasound device.
Once located, stitches are positioned around the arteries and effectively cutting
off the blood supply to the swollen piles. During the procedure, up to six arteries
supporting the piles are tied eventually making the pile shrink away over the weeks
of healing and presto, resolved hemorrhoids problem is attained.
Based on researches, increased blood pressure in the blood vessels of the rectum
and anus are one of the causes of hemorrhoids. Other cause is the result from over
straining when on the toilet due to lack of fiber in ones diet; being over weight;
being frequently constipated and diarrhea; lifting heavy object often; during pregnancy
and being over the age of 50.
Having the stitches done in the lower part of the rectum, HALO procedure is known
to be painless, since there are no pain nerves located in that area. Being virtually
painless, HALO can be performed only with mild sedation.
Though patients can opt for general anesthetic procedure on their bottom if they
wish, it is necessary only if the affected area is too large or the hemorrhoids are
in multiples. Because the blood vessels supporting the hemorrhoids are accurately
located, it has a higher degree of success compared to sclerotherapy or rubber band
With the veins properly ligated, the patient responds better with less risk of bleeding
after the procedure. Having this kind of technology and procedure in treating hemorrhoids,
patients are given relief and satisfaction after the recovery compared to the conventional
treatments that involve greater risks and often excruciating pain.
Normally after the procedure, patients can continue with their activities and can
go back to work within a day or two with only a minimum of discomfort, which could
be just a mild throbbing in the rectum.
However, care should be taken in sticking to a high – fiber diet, especially during
the recovery period, when the fissures and wounds are still healing. Constipation
and hard stools may cause other veins to swell and develop new hemorrhoids. This
will complicate the healing process and cause new problems to the patients.