Piles (Mulvyadh/Bavasir), clinically known as Haemorrhoids, is the swelling of the blood vessels near the anal opening. An increased pressure on these blood vessels due to any reason, causes them to enlarge and swell, thus forming lumps which are occasionally felt at the anal opening.
Causes Of Piles
- Constipation - Most common cause
- Hard stools/ Straining during bowel movement
- Faulty toilet habits (sitting on the toilet for a long time ex. reading)
- Family history
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Lifting heavy weights
Symptoms Of Piles
- Painless bleeding while passing stools
- Feeling a lump outside the anus
- Pruritus ani or itching around the anus
- Faecal soiling of undergarments
- If a blood clot forms in the haemorrhoid (Thrombosed haemorrhoid ) it leads to a severely painful swelling which worsens with bowel movement and sitting.
Diagnosis Of Piles
A medical history followed by visual examination of the anus is usually enough. However, a digital examination and Proctoscopy (a scope is inserted to examine the anal canal) is done to confirm the diagnosis. At times a Barium study or Colonoscopy may be advised if your doctor suspects any other cause of bleeding that needs to be ruled out.
Grades/Stages of Haemorrohids
'The common people call them piles, the aristocracy call them haemorrhoids, the French call them figs - what does it matter so long as you can cure them?'
- John Ardene
( 1307-1392 )
We understand that Piles (Mulvyadh/Bavasir) may not be a subject you feel comfortable talking about, but there is no need to suffer in silence. If you have piles, you are not alone. It is estimated that piles will affect at least 50% population at some point during their lives, that makes it one in two of us!
Why opt for Healing Hands Clinic to root out those Haemorrhoids???
Dr Ashwin Porwal, lead surgeon at Healing Hands Clinic (HHC) and a dedicated Proctologist, had the privilege of receiving training in Proctology from the world-renowned Colorectal surgeon, Dr Antonio Longo of Italy. Dr Longo invented the MIPH/PPH (Stapler surgery) for Piles and Dr Porwal has received hands-on training from the master himself.
Till date >30,000 patients have been satisfactorily treated for their Piles at Healing Hands Clinic. Dr Porwal has performed the maximum number of Stapler surgeries in Asia. He brought to India the Leonardo Laser for Piles and the country’s first Laser Haemorrhoidoplasty (LHP) was performed by him at HHC. Today, the clinic treats more patients with LHP than any other centre in the world. With his indisputable expertise in this field, Dr Porwal has trained many fellow surgeons from across the globe in the Stapler and Laser procedures
The regular MIPH/PPH surgery, clearly the most popular technique worldwide, nevertheless has a recurrence rate of 8%. Dr Porwal, with his immense experience, has modified the procedure by adding Horizontal Mucopexy to it which brings down the bleeding and recurrence rate to <1%%. In November 2013, he presented a Research paper on this,'Stapler haemorrhoidopexy alone vs Stapler haemorrhoidopexy plus Mucopexy for Grade 3 Internal Haemorrhoids' at the 3rd Biennial ECTA Conference, Singapore.
Dr Porwal was selected among international speakers at World Congress of Coloproctology-2011, Rome, where he presented a Study Paper on 'Piles and Constipation in Indian Scenario'. He has also presented a Paper at ESCP Conference-2014, Barcelona, on 'Stapler Haemorrhoidopexy - Successful results from a case series of 3000 patients treated at a single centre in India.'
GRADE WISE TREATMENT APPROACH AT HEALING HANDS CLINIC
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An innovation of Dr Porwal himself, this is a conservative approach intended to halt and reverse the early disease without any surgical intervention:
- Medication - Creams (Anoac) and stool softeners are used.
- Constac - A herbal preparation formulated under the guidance of Dr Porwal by Ayurvedic doctors at Healing Hands & Herbs.
- Diet - Counselling by qualified nutritionist to correct any imbalances in diet and chart a diet conducive to healthy bowel habits.
- Physiotherapy - Pelvic floor physiotherapy helps to strengthen muscles in the region.
- Ayurveda therapy - This includes about 6 sessions of enema with medicated herbal oils.
II. LASER HAEMORRHOIDOPLASTY (LHP) aka Laser treatment for Piles
Laser Haemorrhoidoplasty is the preferred treatment for Grade 2 and early stages of Grade 3 Piles. This procedure is done under short general anaesthesia and takes about 20 minutes. Through the natural anal opening, laser energy is applied using a special radially emitting fibre. The controlled emission of laser energy causes vaporization leading the haemorrhoidal mass to shrink
Advantages of LHP
- No cuts, no open wounds
- Less post-operative pain as compared to other procedures
- Healing is excellent as there are no cuts or stitches
- No sense of urgency (need to rush to the toilet) after the procedure
- No risk of rectal stenosis
- Patient can return to normal activities within a shorter space of time
Potential drawbacks of LHP
- Burning sensation
- External skin tag thrombosis
III. MIPH (Minimally Invasive Procedure for Haemorrhoids) aka PPH (Procedure for Prolapse and Haemorrhoids) aka Stapler Haemorrhoidopexy
What is MIPH/PPH?
It is a procedure that was originally conceived in 1994 by Dr Antonio Longo, and has since gained popularity as the treatment of choice for Grade 3 and Grade 4 prolapsed Piles.
The procedure is usually done under short general anaesthesia and takes around 25-30 minutes. Using the circular stapler, the mucosa which is responsible for the the prolapse of Haemorrhoids is circumferentially excised and the prolapsed Haemorrhoids are pulled up back to their normal position.
Advantages of MIPH/PPH
The Stapler procedure has definite advantages over other treatments available for Piles (Mulvyadh).
- No external cuts/stitches
- Minimal blood loss
- Minimal pain easily managed by painkillers
- Sphincter function is not hampered hence voluntary control over motion is preserved
- Faster recovery - Patient can resume work from 5th day
- Lowest recurrence rate (8%) - This is further brought down to <1% by Mucopexy technique introduced by Dr Porwal at HHC
- Safe in diabetics, heart patients and senior citizens
As with any surgical procedure there are possible drawbacks associated with MIPH.
- Inflammation or Infection - Can be prevented with anti-inflammatory agents and antibiotics
- Urgency (i.e. need to rush to the toilet)- May last for 4-8 weeks. This can be kept under control with Kegels exercises
- Bleeding following the procedure ( 6-8%)
- Staple line stricture (~5%) - In experienced hands it can be prevented with proper positioning of staple line
- Recurrence (8%) - With the addition of Mucopexy, this can be brought down to <1%
We understand that no matter how innocuous the procedure or how adroit the surgeon, going through a surgery can be a daunting challenge even for the lionhearted. Therefore, we have answered a few queries that you may still have, to give you a clearer picture of your journey towards a Piles-free you!
What do I feel during the procedure?
It's like taking a small nap! All you will feel is a small needle prick during your preparation for the procedure. The entire surgery takes about 30 minutes.
What happens after the operation?
You will normally be able to start drinking water shortly after the procedure and can start eating as soon as you are hungry. You will be able to get out of bed a few hours after surgery.
You are likely to have some pain after the procedure that is easily controlled with painkillers. You can expect a small amount of bleeding and wearing a pad will protect your clothes from getting soiled.
When can I go home?
If your operation is planned as a day care procedure you can go home as soon as the effect of the anaesthetic has worn off, you have passed urine and you are comfortable, eating and drinking. Since a general anaesthetic is used, it is advisable that a responsible adult take you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
Before you are discharged you will be advised about post-operative care, painkillers and laxatives.
What are my visits to the toilet going to be like?
You will normally open your bowels within 2-3 days of your operation. This may be uncomfortable at first and there could be a sense of 'urgency' (need to rush to the toilet). You may notice mild blood loss after each bowel movement but this will gradually reduce over the next few days. Maintain hygiene, and wash and keep the operation site clean.
It is important to maintain a regular bowel movement that should be well formed but soft. You may need to take prescribed laxatives for 2-4 weeks. Eating a high fibre diet and increasing water/fluid intake will help.
When will I get back to my routine activities?
You can return to normal physical and sexual activities when you feel comfortable. Anal sex should be avoided.
You can return to work usually by the 5th day after the surgery, although this also depends on the type of work you do.
When should I seek help?
- If you develop a fever above 100 F
- Increasing pain, swelling, redness or discharge
- Severe bleeding
- Constipation >3 days