Hemorrhoids are no laughing matter. While people may joke about them, they can be incredibly painful and difficult to live with. At Premier Family Medical, we understand this issue completely, and thankfully, we are pleased to offer the latest treatment for internal hemorrhoids--hemorrhoid banding (a.k.a., hemorrhoid ligation). Here is a little more information on this procedure and what to expect should you have Dr. Crop or Dr. Layton perform the procedure.
You will come in, get undressed from the waist down, and lay on the procedure table. Next, the doctor will use the anoscope to locate the hemorrhoids and look for anal fissures or tears.
A ligator is inserted to take hold of the hemorrhoid for the doctor to release a rubber band at its base. You may feel some pressure, but you should not feel pain. Your doctor can use a numbing agent if needed, but most patients do not feel anything at all once the bands are in place.
Your doctor will then withdraw the instruments, give you some instructions and/or medication to take home with you, and you are free to get dressed and return to normal activities right away.
Because everyone has three hemorrhoidal columns, most patients will need to return for a total of three treatments.
It seems strange to talk about the benefits of hemorrhoid banding surgery, but as Dr. Layton and Dr. Crop see it, there are too many not to discuss.
Each year in the United States, more than 44,000 people take their own lives . That’s an average of 121 suicides per day. It’s estimated that for every one reported, 12 more people engage in self-harm, whether intentional suicide attempts or not.
With rates on a steady incline, it’s past time for action. Each and every one of us needs to have a part in supporting those who struggle with suicidal thoughts. In order to be of any help, though, we need to be able to recognize the signs of a person on the brink. What should you look for and how can you help?
It's estimated that one in five high school athletes will suffer a concussion during sports season. Younger athletes have the highest rate of concussions. While more perceived contact sports like football are thought to be the highest risk for a potential concussion, all sports carry a similar risk and demand similar precaution and treatment. As a parent, your first instinct might be to ban your child from playing sports altogether. But is that really necessary? No. Why do we say this?For one thing, if you encourage your child to play safely and receive training in head injury prevention, you can minimize risk. And if your child does happen to suffer from a concussion, there are steps you can take to ensure that they heal as quickly and as completely as possible.