Now, painless piles operation possible
HAEMORRHOIDS (PILES) can now be dealt with painlessly. The General Surgery Department of KGMU has, for the first time in the state, introduced the Transanal Haemorrhodial Derterialisation (THD) process.Updated: Jun 06, 2006 00:00 IST
HAEMORRHOIDS (PILES) can now be dealt with painlessly. The General Surgery Department of KGMU has, for the first time in the state, introduced the Transanal Haemorrhodial Derterialisation (THD) process.
THD is a painless, cost-effective, speedy and non-excisional minimal invasive surgery which does not even require general anaesthesia. “It is the least invasive technique, which utilises a specially designed instrument and is equipped with a Doppler transducer to locate the terminal branches of the superior haemorrhoidal artery,” said HoD, General Surgery, Dr Ramakant. There is no blood loss during suture work over the bleeding points as the stitches are made through an opposite slit fitted in the instrument itself. Therefore, the arterial flow of the haemorrhoids is reduced and ultimately arteries get shrunk.“The conservative technique requires general anaesthesia for the patient and two weeks’ stay in hospital after the operation. With the latest technique one can go home two hours after the process is completed,” said Dr Vinod Jain of the Department. The Department receives every month at least a 100 patients suffering internal and external haemorrhoids. Most of them are treated in the OPD but those being operated upon have to stay in the hospital.
The new technique costs around Rs 10,000 but if the cost of stay and loss of working days is considered, as required in the conventional surgery (that presently costs Rs 6000), the latest technique is surely more feasible. “We would try and bring down the cost in the near future to Rs 1000 for the benefit of patients,” said Dr Ramakant.
The technique will be introduced in the Department from Wednesday onwards.