What’s the Difference between Hernia and Hemorrhoids?
October 3, 2013 § 1 Comment
Hemorrhoids and hernias, although they start with the same letter, are diversely different conditions. However, each responds to both home-based as well as medically based treatment methodologies.
Depending on severity, frequency, and overall health and wellness, individuals may benefit from a number of treatments for either a hernia or a hemorrhoid.
Hernia is formed when a part of a body organ or body tissue protrudes or pokes out of openings in muscle walls that normally hold those body parts in place.Hernia most commonly occurs in the lower abdominal wall area, creating what is known as a femoral or inguinal hernia.
Umbilical hernia is relatively common in infants, and involve muscles around the naval or bellybutton. Epigastric hernia often occures in the upper regions of the abdomen, between the base of the sternum and the naval.
If hernia doesn’t resolve on its own, surgery may be advised. Hernia repairs today are done through laparoscopic on an outpatient basis. Supportive garments or tresses may be used as a treatment for mild cases of hernia.
Hemorrhoids are defined as swollen veins in the rectum or anus. They can be located inside or outside of the anal canal, right near the anal opening. A hemorrhoid may be around for years, but a person won’t even notice it unless it bleeds.
Hemorrhoid treatments are focused on easing symptoms, and while surgery may be recommended for some when other more simple treatments don’t help, hemorrhoid surgery is not that common.
Some of the most common surgical procedures performed for hemorrhoid situations include banding, infrared coagulation known as IRC, and, when absolutely necessary, a hemorrhoidectomy or surgical removal of a hemorrhoid.
What is the best treatment for me?
The most common treatment approach for hemorrhoids is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Individuals who maintain a healthy weight, take their time when performing bowel movements, and who drink eight to 10 glasses of fluid a day are less likely to experience hemorrhoids.
Individuals who consume adequate amounts of fiber will also find that the risk of hemorrhoids decreases. One of the most common treatments of active hemorrhoids is to avoid straining during a bowel movement.
For pain relief, and to reduce swelling of a swollen hemorrhoid, soaking in warm water for 10 to 20 minutes several times a day is often recommended.
For more severe cases, a day of bed rest as well as application of ice packs may be recommended. Medical treatment may include the prescription of laxatives or stool softeners, and other medications may be given to reduce risk of complications or to relieve symptoms such as inflammation and pain.
Hernia treatments and procedures depend on the location and severity of the hernia. Some hernias, especially umbilical hernias in infants, resolve on their own within a few weeks.
However, hernia surgery may be recommended if the hernia has strangulated or twisted, causing it to lose blood supply, which also may affects the ability of surrounding tissues or organs to function, and can often lead to serious complications.
How much do treatments cost?
Laparoscopic hernia repair may cost between $4,000 and $6,000, depending on the location and severity of the hernia. However, visitors traveling to locations such as Mexico or India may obtain the procedure for between $2,000 and $4,000.
Topical hemorrhoid treatments are generally inexpensive and can be obtained over the counter without the need of prescriptions. The cost of hemorrhoid surgery, known as hemorrhoidectomy, averages $5,000 to $10,000.
Hemorrhoid banding costs approximately $500, while a hemorrhoidectomy can range up to $10,000, including all hospital costs. Coagulation treatments average $300 per treatment.
Who performs these treatments?
A general practitioner is fully capable of dealing with simple hemorrhoid treatments, but surgeries and repair should only be performed by a surgeon certified and experienced in laparoscopic surgery.
Both types of doctors should be board certified in their country or state of origin and hold current licenses and certificates verifying their training and education by accredited facilities, associations or organizations.