Bayhealth now offers a minimally invasive surgery that allows hemorrhoids patients to recover more quickly with far less pain.
Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization (THD) is a procedure performed on an outpatient basis in about 20 minutes. With no cutting or excision of tissue, there is less pain and a quicker recovery time (often 24 to 48 hours) than other procedures to treat hemorrhoids.
“Hemorrhoids are a natural part of our anatomy,” explains Bayhealth General and Colorectal Surgeon Assar Rather, MD. “The benefit of THD is its efficiency. It’s a quick and relatively painless surgery that can correct internal hemorrhoids.”
Under general sedation, Dr. Rather uses a small probe with Doppler ultrasound to identify terminal branches of a hemorrhoid artery and tie off the arterial blood flow, allowing it to shrink, and repair the rectum lining to prevent future protrusion. Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization has fewer complications and less discomfort than hemorrhoidectomy, the traditional treatment for hemorrhoid removal that can require up to two weeks for recovery.
“Most pain after surgery is the result of cutting tissues,” Dr. Rather says. “THD greatly reduces any associated pain and provides near-immediate relief, allowing patients to get back to their active lives sooner.”