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Published on May 21, 2015

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Offers New, Gentle and Effective Treatment for Hemorrhoids

West Philadelphia, PA (May 21, 2015): A gentle and non-surgical alternative for treating hemorrhoids is now available at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

“The procedure is great because it is quick, virtually painless and requires no recovery time, unlike surgery,” says Dr. Mervyn Danilewitz, a board-certified gastroenterologist at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. “Most importantly, it is extremely effective with recent studies showing up to 100 percent effectiveness for the most common types of hemorrhoids.”

During the procedure, mild heat and gentle decompression are used to stop the blood supply to the hemorrhoid and to prevent symptoms, such as bleeding. The procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes and is painless because it is above the skin area, where pain is felt.

Hemorrhoids are a very common problem, affecting about five percent of the population and accounting for up to 3.5 million visits to the doctor each year. Hemorrhoids can be caused by straining from constipation or diarrhea and sitting on the toilet too long. Hemorrhoids can also occur in post pregnancy. They are more common in older people, but can affect anyone.

Symptoms of hemorrhoids include bleeding from the rectum, itching and rectal pain. Traditional treatments for hemorrhoids have included over-the-counter remedies, rubber band ligation and surgery.

Ann D’Antonio

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