Grade III bleeding haemorrhoids
in a 6-year-old boy.
I first started suffering with haemorrhoids
in 1996 and they had a big impact on my life.
, or piles if you prefer, are far more common than you might think - and logic tells us they're especially commonplace on the rugby field.
[Greek; Haima-Blood, Rhoos-flowing; Synonym: Piles] (Latin: pile=a ball) are dilated veins occurring in relation to the anus.
Commonly known as piles, haemorrhoids
are caused by swollen blood vessels.
figure By SONA PARMAR At a dinner party, its not unusual for a stranger to share his or her ailments with me when they find out what I do for a living.However, while conditions like diabetes, blood pressure and high cholesterol get top billing, no one has ever approached me about piles (also known as haemorrhoids
A colorectal surgeon sees a steady parade of primary care referrals for surgical evaluation of haemorrhoids
Banding involves placing a tight elastic band around haemorrhoids
to cut off their blood supply.
More than half of us will suffer from haemorrhoids
at some point, yet most people are too embarrassed to seek help.
Updated meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing conventional excisional haemorrhoidectomy with Ligasure for haemorrhoids
. Tech Coloproctol 2008; 12: 229-239.
Various studies suggest that every second individual in the world comes across piles at some point between 45 to 65 years of, and a large number of women experience piles (haemorrhoids
) during pregnancy.
Rea et al., "Tailored prolapse surgery for the treatment of haemorrhoids
and obstructed defecation syndrome with a new dedicated device: TST STARR Plus," International Journal of Colorectal Disease, vol.