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There was always something a little risky in attempting to continue that venerable British sci-fi franchise, Doctor Who. Reviving a show that has run since the early sixties and gathered millions upon millions of loyal followers can be a dangerous business. Done correctly, though, it can be very profitable.

So, when BBC Wales announced in 2003 that they intended to revive Doctor Who, fans Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain Rocky Mount VA 24151 met the news with concern and excitement in equal measures. The Doctor had enjoyed only one full-length screen outing since the show was cancelled in 1989 – the Fox Network’s TV movie starring Paul McGann as the eighth Doctor – and poor ratings left little doubt that the franchise was truly dead and buried.

So, it was with a sense of trepidation that the Rocky Mount VA 24151 BBC aired the premiere of the first new TV series in 16 years. Salford-born actor Christopher Eccleston (Gone in Sixty Seconds, 28 Days Later) was the unlikely choice for the part of the ninth Doctor, along with the even more unlikely choice of 90s songstress Billie Piper to play his spunky sidekick, Rose Tyler.

While reviews of the new show were generally positive, some Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain Rocky Mount VA 24151 hardcore Doctor Who followers were opposed to several changes. A new logo and a few minor changes to the TARDIS were enough to generate hate mail and death threats to members of the production team – but, then, cult sci-fi shows have always acted as lightning rods for those slightly less balanced elements of society.

In general, however, fans approved of the new show. Rocky Mount VA 24151 Ratings for the first episode, titled “Rose”, hit over ten million in the UK – the per capita equivalent of almost 50 million in the US. These ratings were high enough to spur the BBC to announce that a second season would be produced – season 27 overall.

Unfortunately, just hours after this announcement came news that Eccleston would not return for a second Rocky Mount VA 24151 spell as Doctor Who for fear of becoming typecast. His departure had apparently been planned before filming ended on the first season, but was not meant to be made public until after the shows had aired. Following much speculation it was announced in April 2005 that Scottish stage actor David Tennant would fill Eccleston’s shoes for the second season.

A year after its transmission Rocky Mount VA 24151 in the UK, the Sci-Fi channel began airing season one – with the second season beginning at the end of September 2006.

So what developments can we expect with the second season? The first episode, a 60-minute special titled “The Christmas Invasion”, was originally aired in the UK as a Christmas special in 2005. Though not technically part of the official second season it Rocky Mount VA 24151 will air on the Sci-Fi Channel as the first episode. “The Christmas Invasion” will contain a sub-plot focussed on introducing us to the new Doctor.

The main story will focus on an invasion of the Earth by a violent alien race, the Sycorax. But will the Doctor, weakened by his regeneration, be strong enough to save the world?

The new season will show us a Rocky Mount VA 24151 different side to Doctor Who. While Eccleston’s Doctor was dark and melancholic – often displaying disdain for the human race – Tennant’s incarnation has a much more upbeat personality. Speaking with distinctive Estuary English, the tenth Doctor is a cheeky scoundrel of the highest degree. Usually light-hearted and witty, Tennants’ character will become much closer to the human characters in the show – Rocky Mount VA 24151 especially his companion Rose.

We can, however, expect fireworks during the second season of Doctor Who. Emotions run high as The Doctor becomes ever closer to his companion Rose, and he must face up to the fact that the near immortality of a Time Lord can be a curse as well as a blessing. Can he bring himself to love a mere mortal?

Meanwhile, The Rocky Mount VA 24151 Doctor must face his eternal foes the Daleks – along with another ancient enemies, the Cybermen. During these battles he’ll also find help in the form of a face from the past – as well as his trusty robot dog, K-9.

The second season of Doctor Who promises all the excitement of the first and more. Travelling through time – and even between dimensions Rocky Mount VA 24151 – The Doctor will continue to fight the good fight against the enemies of the universe. Whether he’ll be up to the challenge we’ll have to wait and see.

Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain in Lignum VA 22726

There was always something a little risky in attempting to continue that venerable British sci-fi franchise, Doctor Who. Reviving a show that has run since the early sixties and gathered millions upon millions of loyal followers can be a dangerous business. Done correctly, though, it can be very profitable.

So, when BBC Wales announced in 2003 that they intended to revive Doctor Who, fans Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain Lignum VA 22726 met the news with concern and excitement in equal measures. The Doctor had enjoyed only one full-length screen outing since the show was cancelled in 1989 – the Fox Network’s TV movie starring Paul McGann as the eighth Doctor – and poor ratings left little doubt that the franchise was truly dead and buried.

So, it was with a sense of trepidation that the Lignum VA 22726 BBC aired the premiere of the first new TV series in 16 years. Salford-born actor Christopher Eccleston (Gone in Sixty Seconds, 28 Days Later) was the unlikely choice for the part of the ninth Doctor, along with the even more unlikely choice of 90s songstress Billie Piper to play his spunky sidekick, Rose Tyler.

While reviews of the new show were generally positive, some Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain Lignum VA 22726 hardcore Doctor Who followers were opposed to several changes. A new logo and a few minor changes to the TARDIS were enough to generate hate mail and death threats to members of the production team – but, then, cult sci-fi shows have always acted as lightning rods for those slightly less balanced elements of society.

In general, however, fans approved of the new show. Lignum VA 22726 Ratings for the first episode, titled “Rose”, hit over ten million in the UK – the per capita equivalent of almost 50 million in the US. These ratings were high enough to spur the BBC to announce that a second season would be produced – season 27 overall.

Unfortunately, just hours after this announcement came news that Eccleston would not return for a second Lignum VA 22726 spell as Doctor Who for fear of becoming typecast. His departure had apparently been planned before filming ended on the first season, but was not meant to be made public until after the shows had aired. Following much speculation it was announced in April 2005 that Scottish stage actor David Tennant would fill Eccleston’s shoes for the second season.

A year after its transmission Lignum VA 22726 in the UK, the Sci-Fi channel began airing season one – with the second season beginning at the end of September 2006.

So what developments can we expect with the second season? The first episode, a 60-minute special titled “The Christmas Invasion”, was originally aired in the UK as a Christmas special in 2005. Though not technically part of the official second season it Lignum VA 22726 will air on the Sci-Fi Channel as the first episode. “The Christmas Invasion” will contain a sub-plot focussed on introducing us to the new Doctor.

The main story will focus on an invasion of the Earth by a violent alien race, the Sycorax. But will the Doctor, weakened by his regeneration, be strong enough to save the world?

The new season will show us a Lignum VA 22726 different side to Doctor Who. While Eccleston’s Doctor was dark and melancholic – often displaying disdain for the human race – Tennant’s incarnation has a much more upbeat personality. Speaking with distinctive Estuary English, the tenth Doctor is a cheeky scoundrel of the highest degree. Usually light-hearted and witty, Tennants’ character will become much closer to the human characters in the show – Lignum VA 22726 especially his companion Rose.

We can, however, expect fireworks during the second season of Doctor Who. Emotions run high as The Doctor becomes ever closer to his companion Rose, and he must face up to the fact that the near immortality of a Time Lord can be a curse as well as a blessing. Can he bring himself to love a mere mortal?

Meanwhile, The Lignum VA 22726 Doctor must face his eternal foes the Daleks – along with another ancient enemies, the Cybermen. During these battles he’ll also find help in the form of a face from the past – as well as his trusty robot dog, K-9.

The second season of Doctor Who promises all the excitement of the first and more. Travelling through time – and even between dimensions Lignum VA 22726 – The Doctor will continue to fight the good fight against the enemies of the universe. Whether he’ll be up to the challenge we’ll have to wait and see.

Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain in Chesterfield VA 23838

The pain in your low back drops you to your knees again. All you did was bend over to pick up the pen you dropped on the floor. This time is different, though. It’s worse than it’s been in the past. This time you feel pain shoot down the back of your leg. A white-hot dagger is stabbing you in the rear end and Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain Chesterfield VA 23838 you feel numbness and tingling in your leg, perhaps all the way down to your foot. You can’t straighten up to walk and you are limping along like you’ve been shot. You remain still and pray the pain goes away…but it doesn’t go away. In fact, it’s getting worse. Your thoughts come in rapid-fire succession, “what is happening to me, what should I do, Chesterfield VA 23838 who do I call, should I go to the emergency room, will I need surgery?” Good questions.

If you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, chances are you have a herniated disc in your lower back, one of the causes of mechanical back pain. The swelling from inflammation or the disc itself can cause an impingement or “pinching” of the spinal nerve root. The Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain Chesterfield VA 23838 lower lumbar nerve roots eventually form the sciatic nerve in your leg. Inflammation of this nerve is commonly known as sciatica. “Mechanical low back pain is one of the most common patient complaints expressed to emergency physicians in the United States accounting for more than 6 million cases annually. Approximately two-thirds of adults are affected by mechanical low back pain at some point in Chesterfield VA 23838 their lives, making it the second most common complaint in ambulatory medicine and the third most expensive disorder in terms of health care dollars spent, surpassed only by cancer and heart disease.” 1

But just because you have these symptoms, doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to rush to the surgeon. According to a landmark study published in the medical journal Spine, “an operation should Chesterfield VA 23838 not be performed if other treatment will give equivalent results within an acceptable period of time…the patient with low back pain and sciatica should not automatically be referred to the surgeon.” 2 If that’s the case, then what are some of your other options? If you are like most people, the first place you will think to visit will be your family doctor’s office Chesterfield VA 23838 (or an emergency room, if you are really in a panic). Traditionally, medical doctors will prescribe medications, such as pain killers, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories or any combination of these. There are three problems with taking medication, if this is all that is done.

 

  1. Medication only treats the symptoms.
  2. Medication only provides temporary relief.
  3. Medication has many unhealthy side-effects. Take the time to read the Chesterfield VA 23838 warning insert with any of these medications and you will know what I’m talking about.

 

By contrast, chiropractic care has been shown to be more effective in treating chronic low back pain than traditional medical care. In one study published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), it concluded that “…the improvement for chiropractic patients was 5 times greater [than for medical patients]. Chesterfield VA 23838 Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors show greater improvement and satisfaction at 1 month than patients treated by family physicians.” 3

Are there times when surgery is necessary? The answer is, most definitely, yes. Absolute signs for surgical intervention are those patients with cauda equina syndrome (which is rare), in the presence of severe motor deficits resulting from a large extruded or migrated Chesterfield VA 23838 disc fragment, and in patients with intractable pain. Unless one of these conditions is present, chiropractic care for the treatment of discogenic or mild to moderate sciatic pain from intervertebral disc herniation has been proven to be safe and effective. One study shows that chiropractic treatment (in this case in the cervical spine) is 100 times safer than using Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs like asprin, Chesterfield VA 23838 ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. 4 Another study shows patients had an 86% improvement in chronic low back pain after a course of chiropractic care. 5

As a side note, let me also say that medical care and chiropractic care are not mutually exclusive ways to treat mechanical low back pain and sciatica. In my experience, I have seen great results with the most severe cases when Chesterfield VA 23838 managing these conditions cooperatively with a patient’s primary care doctor or pain management specialist. In these cases the medication is useful or necessary in order for the patient to tolerate conservative care; for example, when it is extremely difficult for the patient to move or to be moved.

Lastly, not every case of sciatica is caused by a herniated disc. A condition called piriformis syndrome Chesterfield VA 23838 can cause impingement of the sciatic nerve as it exits the pelvis. Basically, the piriformis muscle attaches at the sacrum, passes through the greater sciatic notch of the pelvis, and attaches to the top of the femur (the upper leg bone). Atheletes who participate in sports where they are sitting, such as rowing or cycling are particularly vulnerable to strains of the piriformis. Runners Chesterfield VA 23838 who overpronate are also susceptible to piriformis injury. When the muscle is injured, it causes swelling due to inflammation, which can then irritate or compress the sciatic nerve as it exits the pelvis. It is important to rule out spinal injury as the cause of sciatica, but the following video will demonstrate a stretch for the piriformis muscle. If your symptoms Chesterfield VA 23838 resolve after performing the stretch for a week or two, then you probably had piriformis syndrome and should continue this stretch as part of your daily routine to help prevent future injury. However, if you are still experiencing the same symptoms or if they intensify, seek professional help as soon as possible.

 

  1. Kinkade S. Evaluation and treatment of acute low back pain. Am Fam Chesterfield VA 23838 Physician. Apr 15, 2007;74(8):1181-8.
  2. Weber H. Lumbar disc herniation: a controlled prospective study with ten years of observation. Spine 1983;8:131-40.
  3. Nyiendo J, Haas M, Goodwin P. Patient characteristics, practice activities, and one-month outcomes for chronic, recurrent low-back pain treated by chiropractors and family medicine physicians: A practice-based feasibility study. JMPT 2000 May;23(4):239-245.
  4. Hurwitz EL, Aker PD, Adams AH, Meeker WC, Shekelle PG. Manipulation and Chesterfield VA 23838 mobilization of the cervical spine. A systematic review of the literature. Spine 1996 Aug 1/21(15):1746-59.
  5. Harrison DE, Cailliet R, Harrison DD, Janik TJ, Holland B. Changes in sagittal lumbar configuration with a new method of extension traction: nonrandomized clinical controlled trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2002 Nov;83(11):1585-91.

 

Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain in Galax VA 24333

There’s nothing funny about being diagnosed with cancer, your Dad falling out a third floor window to his death and your wife and the authorities highly recommending that you get sober! But that is what May, 1998 looked like for me. I needed an alternative to cope with the curve balls life was throwing at me. I was very stressed-out and that’s when I decided to stop crying and start laughing my Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain Galax VA 24333 back to mental, emotional and physical health! I implemented a Stress Management Program through Laughter Therapy. What is Laughter Therapy? Laughter Therapy is a form of eustress that releases those bad and distressful emotions that cause harmful chemical effects on the body. Laughter Therapy is like any other form of aerobic exercise; that is why your stomach sometimes feels sore after a good belly laugh.

There are two stages to Laughter Therapy: 1) Galax VA 24333 Laughter Exercises -the arousal phase–when the heart rate increases–and the resolution phase–when the heart rests. A person’s heart can reach up to 120 beats per minute (bpm) when laughing. Laughing can lower your blood pressure, increase vascular flow, and boost the immune system. It gives the diaphragm, abdominal, intercostals, respiratory accessory, and facial muscles a complete workout. Some people, depending on how they laugh, may even use their arm, leg, and back Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain Galax VA 24333 muscles when laughing. 2) Laughter Meditation – Laughter also releases endorphins in the brain; these are our bodies’ natural pain killers. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that attach to the same receptors in our brains as the opiates. Opiate drugs not only cause us to lose touch with reality, but they also numb pain. When we laugh, it releases the endorphins in our brain; thus, laughing is like taking opium or morphine without the Galax VA 24333 adverse side effects.

Did you know children laugh on average of 400 times per day, and adults only laugh 15 times per day? So if laughter is so good, why are we not doing more of it? Dr. Madan Kataria, a Physician in Bombay, India started the first of the Laughing Clubs International in March of 1995. In a years time eighty clubs had spread throughout India, and Kataria hopes other countries Galax VA 24333 will follow their lead. The members of these clubs generally gather in the park in the morning before work. They raise their arms in the air, to erase inhibitions, and start with Ho-ho, ha- ha, Silent laughter with mouth closed, and then Silent laughter with mouth open. Some of the laughing clubs also incorporate jogging with their laughing. When asked why they did not just tell jokes to laugh he replied “at Galax VA 24333 first we did take the help of jokes, but the stock of good jokes was over after about 15 days. After that, stale and silly jokes came. Camel jokes, vulgar jokes. It was no good.” Members of the laughing clubs say they feel better, some say they have even lost weight, others say they are not depressed, and still others say it has helped to get out of the house, and meet Galax VA 24333 people.

In fact, I was so impressed with Dr. Kataria’ and his work that I personally invited him to Chicago for a speaking and press tour. I then decided to start my own Laughter Club, The Chicago Live Life Laughing Laughter Club, so I could receive monthly doses of laughter. http://www.dougdvorak.com

Do we laugh because we are happy, or are we happy because we laugh? Both of these are probably true, Galax VA 24333 but we only exercise the former. Laughter is a fascinating phenomenon that works like a medicine. Although most drugs affect everyone differently, laughter is always the same. It exercises your entire body causing you to feel relaxed and pain free. The fact that laughter is good for one’s health should be quite evident. So why not laugh? When one laughs, it is like taking a drug, yet there is no such thing Galax VA 24333 as an overdose or, “laughter toxicity,” as Kataria says. Maybe we can now say “A laugh a day keeps the doctor away.”

Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain in Elkton VA 22827

Hemorrhoid removal. You’ve tried everything else and now you’re left with a treatment option you really don’t want to have to consider. If you have painful and bleeding hemorrhoids, you probably have a lot questions. “How do I know if I need surgery?” “If I do, what are my options?” “What kind of doctor should I see?” “What are the risks?” Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain Elkton VA 22827 “What should I expect before, during, and after surgery?” “Will surgery stop hemorrhoids from coming back?” This article answers some of the most frequently asked questions about hemorrhoid removal.

When Should I Have Hemorrhoid Surgery?

If you have substantial bleeding and pain, it’s time to call the doctor. If your doctor diagnoses your problem as thrombosed external hemorrhoids, which means your hemorrhoids contain Elkton VA 22827 blood clots, or large internal hemorrhoids, he or she may recommend surgery. Hemorrhoid removal is often accomplished through surgery known as a hemorrhoidectomy.

To determine whether you need surgery, your doctor will perform a rectal examination. The doctor wants to rule out other possible causes of your bleeding and pain. Methods your doctor may use to diagnose your condition include:

 

  • Performing an Doctors For Sciatica Nerve Pain Elkton VA 22827 anal examination, by inserting a finger into your anus to feel for a blockage or abnormal growths.
  • Performing an anoscopy, by looking through a small, lit tube, known as an anoscope, to examine the anal canal and lower rectum.
  • Inserting a proctoscope, which is a thin tube containing a camera and a light, into the rectum to examine its interior more Elkton VA 22827 thoroughly. This procedure is called a proctoscopy.
  • Performing a sigmoidoscopy, which examines the rectum and the lower part of the colon to search for polyps. The doctor uses a sigmoidscope, which is a flexible tube that can cut off any polyps discovered. Polyps are growths of tissue extending from mucous membranes. They are usually nonmalignant.
  • Performing a colonoscopy, in which the Elkton VA 22827 doctor sees and examines the large intestine and the rectum, using a long, flexible tube called a colonoscope.

 

Unless there is reason to suspect other problems, your doctor will probably confine the examination to one of the first three methods. If the doctor discovers large internal hemorrhoids or believes your external hemorrhoids warrant surgery, he or she may recommend surgery for Elkton VA 22827 hemorrhoid removal.

What Types of Hemorrhoids Surgery Do Doctors Perform?

Doctors, generally, perform one of two types of surgery to complete hemorrhoid removal: stapled hemorrhoidectomy and conventional hemorrhoidectomy. Let’s look briefly at each.

Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy: Procedure for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids (PPH) Stapled hemorrhoidectomy surgeries are often referred to as PPH. This stands for the “procedure for prolapse and hemorrhoids.” Generally, it’s recommended for people Elkton VA 22827 who suffer with Grade III or IV hemorrhoids, which means their hemorrhoids have prolapsed, or dropped below the anus.

Basically, the surgery staples prolapsed hemorrhoid tissue back into its original position. Because this position is above what is known as a pain line, fewer nerve endings are involved, resulting in less pain for the patient. The staples cut off the blood flow Elkton VA 22827 to the hemorrhoid, which starves it to death.

Benefits to the patient of the procedure include less pain, shorter recovery times, and fewer complaints of post-surgery complications.

Drawbacks to the procedure include a higher incidence of recurring hemorrhoids. Also, some patients complain of pain during bowel movements and internal itching from the staple.

Hemorrhoidectomy: A hemorrhoidectomy actually removes the hemorrhoid, including blood clots and Elkton VA 22827 blood vessels that feed the hemorrhoid. It’s usually performed as an outpatient procedure.

Hemorrhoidectomies offer the most success in preventing the return of hemorrhoids, but patients who have them also experience the most significant complications. Complications include incontinence, frequent gas and bloating, and leaking fecal matter.

Other Minimally Invasive Procedures for Hemorrhoid Removal

If you are a candidate for a less serious form of Elkton VA 22827 surgery, your doctor may perform what is known as a minimally invasive, or fixative, procedure. These procedures focus on cutting off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid rather than removing the hemorrhoid. The most common forms include:

Excision: In which the blood clot of a thrombosed hemorrhoid is removed

Rubber band ligation: In which rubber bands are placed around internal hemorrhoids, cutting off Elkton VA 22827 their blood supply

Sclerotherapy: In which a solution is injected into the hemorrhoid, shutting down entry paths for blood to feed the hemorrhoid

Laser: In which lasers are used to burn and cauterize the ends of hemorrhoid tissue, thereby blocking blood flow to the tissue

Each has a less successful track record in treating Grades III and IV hemorrhoids than hemorrhoidectomy surgery.

What Type of Elkton VA 22827 Doctor Removes Hemorrhoids?

Patients who have had good success with their surgery highly recommend letting a colorectal surgeon do the procedure. These surgeons are also known as colon and rectal surgeons or proctologists. Proctologists specialize in treating diseases of the large intestine, which includes the anus, rectum, and sigmoid colon. You can find a board-certified specialist near you by searching the Elkton VA 22827 American Society for Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) website.

What Should I Expect?

Before the Surgery: Your doctor will give you a regimen of things to do to prepare for the surgery. This will probably include directions about what and how late you can eat the day before. Your bowels will need to be emptied prior to the surgery, so you will Elkton VA 22827 be instructed on how to do this. Because you will be placed under anesthesia during the surgery, you will also need to have someone drive you home later. You will be asked to arrive at the outpatient center by a certain time to be prepped for surgery.

During the Surgery: This depends on the type of surgery you receive. In any type, Elkton VA 22827 you will be placed under anesthesia to eliminate pain during the procedure. You may or may not be awake during the procedure.

If you have the stapled hemorrhoidectomy, the doctor will lift the hemorrhoid tissue back in place and then use a circular stapling tool to staple it.

If you have a conventional hemorrhoidectomy, the doctor will

 

  • Make an incision in the hemorrhoid Elkton VA 22827 tissue.
  • Remove any blood clots.
  • Remove the hemorrhoid blood vessels.
  • Remove the hemorrhoid.

 

Some doctors use sutures to close the area. Others think healing is more successful when the wound is left open. The doctor will pack the wound with gauze to absorb bleeding.

After the Surgery The surgical staff will keep you in the outpatient center until the anesthesia wears off. Elkton VA 22827 When you awaken, you will be asked to urinate. This provides the nurses an important clue about whether you have experienced any problematic swelling or spasms in your pelvic muscles. Your nurse will read to you important instructions and precautions to take for the next few days before releasing you. They will probably include things like:

 

  • Don’t drive for the next Elkton VA 22827 24 hours because you’re recovering from the effects of being under anesthesia.
  • Don’t sign important papers.
  • Don’t operate any machinery.
  • Don’t drink any alcohol.
  • Don’t do any heavy lifting.

At-Home Care: Some people experience complications; some don’t. Once you return home, expect some pain. Your doctor will probably prescribe pain medication and perhaps antibiotics. Avoid any aspirin products for at least Elkton VA 22827 two weeks after your surgery. Aspirin can lead to bleeding.

 

Concentrate on keeping stools soft to avoid inflaming areas that are healing after surgery. This may require that you take stool softeners. Begin eating a healthy, fiber-based diet as soon as possible. Drink lots of fluids to soften fiber bulk and keep your stools soft. Some recommend eating broth or other clear Elkton VA 22827 fluids for a couple of days after the surgery to give your body a rest from having bowel movements.

You may experience bleeding with your first few bowel movements. This is not a cause for worry.

While healing, take sitz baths, use ice packs, and sit on a cushion to lessen your discomfort. Wipe yourself with dampened, or medicated, wipes, such as Tucks, Elkton VA 22827 after bowel movements and baths. Make sure you dry yourself completely. Apply a zinc oxide cream or petroleum jelly for soothing.

Your doctor will schedule a return office visit about two to three weeks after your surgery to monitor your progress. At that time, your doctor may discuss scheduling a colonoscopy in the near future to check your entire lower digestive tract Elkton VA 22827 for any potential problems.

Is It Painful?

Most people experience some pain after the surgery. Many will be able to control it with simple over-the-counter-medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). Some will require prescribed medication, such as Percocet.

Common complaints include:

 

  • Spasms (Botox is being studied as a possible remedy)
  • Pain when defecating, especially the first few times after Elkton VA 22827 surgery
  • Internal itching after defecating
  • An urgency to eliminate frequently

What Are the Risks?

 

It is estimated that hemorrhoidectomy surgery is successful in about 95 percent of cases. Still, patients can experience some rather unpleasant side effects, including:

 

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Incontinence
  • Stool leakage
  • Inability to urinate due to swelling and spasms in the pelvic area
  • Bad reactions to anesthesia
  • Bloating Elkton VA 22827 and gas

How Successful Is It?

 

The success rate for hemorrhoid removal is about 95%, but this is contingent on the patient making dietary and lifestyle changes. Without these changes, hemorrhoids may recur. For Grade III or IV hemorrhoids, hemorrhoidectomy, or hemorrhoid removal, seems to offer the best long-term results of all the medical procedures. The downside? The procedure costs more, Elkton VA 22827 causes many patients more pain, costs patients more time away from work as they recover, and results in a higher rate of complications than other medical treatments.

How Long Does It Take to Recover?

Best case: Expect about a two-week recovery period after undergoing a hemorrhoidectomy. For most patients, it takes at least three weeks, and can take as long as three to Elkton VA 22827 six weeks to get back to normal.

What Will It Cost?

Costs vary widely. The best thing to do is consult with your insurance company. If you are not insured, you may encounter the following range of costs:

 

  • Rubber band ligation: $500 to $1500
  • Laser or infrared coagulation: $400 to 500 per treatment, with about four treatments on average needed
  • Hemorrhoidectomy: $9000 to Elkton VA 22827 $12,000

No More Hemorrhoids

 

As always, the best treatment is prevention. For most people, the key to preventing hemorrhoids is preventing hard stools. Hard stools lead to straining on the toilet; straining leads to hemorrhoids. Hard stools bruise hemorrhoids, leading to bleeding hemorrhoids. Repeated instances of this behavior with no change in diet and lifestyle can lead to surgery. Lesson: eat right Elkton VA 22827 and exercise.