Contributed by Dr Wong Nan-Yaw, Colorectal Surgeon. Bleeding, anal discomfort and pain are symptoms of piles or hemorrhoids, a condition where veins around the anus are swollen or inflamed. Many people avoid seeking piles treatment for two reasons — embarrassment and dread. They are embarrassed about the condition, and they dread that treatment will be painful. The truth is, piles is a common problem that affects up to 50-60% of the general population. For a condition this common, there is simply no need to feel embarrassed. There is also a common misconception that piles treatment is extremely painful. This was true in the past, as traditional surgery for advanced cases of piles uses an electric knife to cut through anal skin. The wounds are painful and heal very slowly. However, technological advancements have made piles treatment less painful. These days, special instruments are used to conduct the entire operation without any external skin wound. This means less pain and a much faster recovery. In fact, patients can be discharged just one to two hours after the procedure. Now that you know the truth, there should be no reason to fear piles treatment.
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