If you have suffered from hemorrhoids or know someone who is suffering from them, you’ll most likely appreciate how painful and debilitating they can be. Although the thought of undergoing surgery can be daunting as well.
A clinical trial was conducted recently to measure the effectiveness of a new type of therapy for treating hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is estimated that up to 50% of the population will experience hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Hemorrhoids are caused by swollen veins in the rectum and anus, which can be painful and uncomfortable. Hemorrhoids are one of the most common causes of rectal bleeding and can result in low blood hemoglobin levels.
There are several treatment options available for hemorrhoids. These include drugs, rubber band ligation, sclerosing injections, and lifestyle changes. Traditionally, for very large hemorrhoids surgical removal is the go-to choice. However, post-surgical pain and morbidity are major concerns in using this approach.
In the last few years a new type of procedure, called the hemorrhoidal laser procedure or HeLP, has been in a use but limited clinical studies have been conducted on it. So, strong clinical data is lacking.
Recently a clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of using laser therapy for hemorrhoid management.
The clinical study was an analysis of several previous clinical trials done to evaluate the efficacy of laser therapy as a treatment option for hemorrhoids.
The results of the study showed that HeLP was a safe and effective treatment option for hemorrhoids. The symptoms of hemorrhoid disease improved or resolved in 90% of the patients who underwent laser treatment while only 53.3% of patients who underwent other treatments showed improvement in symptoms.
Patients who underwent HeLP also had a lower risk of postoperative complications and pain compared to those who underwent surgery.
The study also found that HLDA was associated with a shorter recovery time compared to surgery. Patients who underwent HLDA were able to return to their normal activities sooner than those who underwent surgery. This is important for patients who have busy lives and cannot afford to take extended periods off work or other activities.
The researchers concluded that HeLP is a viable alternative to traditional surgery for the treatment of hemorrhoids. It is a safe and effective option that results in fewer complications and a shorter recovery time.
This clinical study has important implications for patients with hemorrhoids as it provides valuable clinical data on the use of laser therapy in hemorrhoids. It demonstrates that HeLP is a safe and effective alternative to surgery and is associated with lower complications and a shorter post-operative hospital stay.
In conclusion, this clinical trial provides strong clinical evidence that suggests HeLP can be considered a first-line treatment option for patients with hemorrhoids.