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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/16/2006 12:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I realize that may be a little off topic but those of us especially with IBS -C can be affected with hemmroids. I recently had a lot of bleeding and the Dr. said I ruptured one. The bleeding stopped by the next day and have not had anymore. He wants me to have a proceedure to like cauterize it. It is just a minor proceedure he says but will be done at out patient surgery center since he does nothing in his office and I will be a little sedated. He said it is like a laser proceedure. Frankly, with just one episode I don't think I want to have it done. Does anyone have any experience with this being done? I have friends that say they get this bleeding on occassion and it was never suggested. I know my Dr. tends to like to do proceedures so would like your advice. He said to add fiber to help.

Keriamon
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   Posted 11/16/2006 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I would ask him what's the point of cauterizing it if it's already stopped bleeding? Technically that's all a cauterization will do. But he may actually want to remove it all together (and just cauterize where he's cut it out), or searing it a little with a lazer may toughen it up so it's less likely to bleed in the future. There may also be the possibility that, since it ruptured, there is now a little pocket in there which can trap junk and get infected and he thinks it best to close that up. Or he may just want to bill your insurance company several hundred dollars.

I've been to a procedure-happy GI before myself, so don't be afraid to say, "Umm... and why do I need that done? Give me all the details." If he can't explain the need for the procedure to your satisfaction, then you may very well feel inclined not to have it done. My rule of thumb is that what a doctor is saying about anything needs to make sense to me. If he can't make it make sense, then it's either not necessary in the first place, or I'm dealing with an imcompetent doctor anyways.

Have you tried regular doses of aloe vera capsules to help you get regular?

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/17/2006 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
For the most part I don't have a problem as my IBS is under control or has disappeared for the time being. The proceedure is called infrared coagulation and it causes rhe veings above the hemorrhoid to shrink and recede and it will not normall y return. That is in the brochure he gave me. He is a good Doctor but my thoughts are that this was a pretty isolated incident as I seemed to have had a intestinal problem that night when I got all bloated and then when I finally went it was like I had taken the prep for a colonscopy. I just felt really blocked that night and felt like I had to go but couldn't so I tried a suppository. For now I am going to wait awhile. It was still bleeding when I saw him but he did say it would stop on its own. I need other parts of my body tended to first. LOL

Keriamon
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   Posted 11/17/2006 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
If he's just doing it to prevent bleeding in the future, and there's no real reason to be alarmed if you do rupture a vein again (i.e. you're not a hemophiliac), then I don't really see a need to get it done. If the last time scared you to death and put you out of sorts, then yes, it would be best for you to not have to go through that worry again. But if you just shrugged and said "oh well", then it doesn't seem like something worth the effort.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/18/2006 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
It scared me only because there was so much blood for over a period of hours but now that it has stopped and I see no evidence of a problem I am going to forget it for now. I have other fish to fry like cataract surgery and an endo coming up after the 1st. That is enough for me. Thanks, my sentiments exactly
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