Ask the Experts: Gastroenterology
Louisiana Hemorrhoid Center (LHC)
Dr. Humberto I. Aguilar
Dr. David F. Dies
Dr. James C. Hobley
Dr. Sathya N. Jaganmohan
Dr. L. Webster Johnson
Dr. David M. Philips
Dr. Arthur L. Poch
Dr. J. Mark Provenza
Dr. Douglas E. Rimmer
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), 10.4 million people in the U.S. suffer from hemorrhoids. Only 3.5 million people, or 1 in 3, seek medical treatment each year for their hemorrhoids. If left untreated, hemorrhoids can get progressively worse over time, growing in both size and number. The Louisiana Hemorrhoid Center, a division of GastroIntestinal Specialists, is the largest and most trusted provider of non-surgical hemorrhoid treatment in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Treat your hemorrhoids with the latest banding technology and the most experienced doctors.
What is the Louisiana Hemorrhoid Center (LHC)?
A division of GIS, the largest and most experienced Gastroenterology Group in Northern Louisiana, LHC is dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of symptomatic internal hemorrhoids by trained providers.
What are hemorrhoids and what causes them?
Symptomatic hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels inside the anal canal (internal hemorrhoids) or outside the anal canal (external hemorrhoids) caused by pressure on those blood vessels.
Who gets hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are very common. Generally speaking, over 50% of people over the age of 50 will experience hemorrhoid issues. In particular, Women who have had traditional childbirth often experience hemorrhoids. Symptomatic hemorrhoids result from several causes including straining with bowel movements (constipation), prolonged occupational sitting (i.e. truck drivers, secretaries, etc.) or extended toilet time.
What are the main symptoms of hemorrhoids?
Symptoms of internal hemorrhoids typically includes itching, swelling, bright red blood per rectum often described as blood dripping after a bowel movement or blood smeared on wiped toilet tissue. Internal hemorrhoids may protrude or cause seepage of stool (fecal incontinence).
Do hemorrhoids increase the risk of colorectal cancer?
No. But rectal bleeding may be an alarm symptom for colon or rectal cancer and should be investigated for at-risk individuals. Following updated guidelines from the American Cancer Society, screening for colon cancer begins at age 45.
Do I need hemorrhoid surgery?
With non-surgical banding and modification of some aggravating habits, most people will not need hemorrhoid surgery. Conservative measures like eating more fiber and drinking more water each day are recommended.
What is the CRH O’Regan System?
The CRH O’Regan System is only available to patients through specially trained medical providers. The procedure is effective and is performed in the office in less than 60 seconds. No sedation is needed. This method offers a significant advance in conventional rubber band ligation (RBL), a “surgical” procedure performed roughly 50 million times each year. Unlike other RBL techniques that use a metal clamp to grasp hemorrhoid during banding, the CRH O’Regan System uses a smaller plastic device and gentle suction, minimizing discomfort and complications. For patients having a colonoscopy, their first treatment can be completed during their procedure.
Does banding hurt? Will I have to miss work or other activities?
The new and improved method applies the band above (and away from) the nerve pain area rendering the procedure virtually painless. With no post-procedure pain, patients may immediately return to work or other activities after the 5 minute office procedure. A simple precaution is to avoid heavy lifting the day of the procedure. Full daily activity may be resumed the day following the procedure. The procedure is also covered by most insurance carriers.
GastroIntestinal Specialists, home of the Louisiana Hemorrhoid Center, specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver, pancreas and related organs. GastroIntestinal Specialists provides consultations in office locations in Shreveport, Bossier City and Minden. In addition to hemorrhoid treatment, they perform endoscopic procedures, including colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy (EGD) and treatment of all types of gastroenterological conditions.
To schedule an appointment with Louisiana Hemorrhoid Center or to learn more about the CRH O’ Regan System and the GI conditions treated by GastroIntestinal Specialists call (318) 631-9121 or visit www.gis.md.
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