Doppler Guided Hemorrhoid Artery Ligation - Alternative to Hemorrhoidectomy??

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   Posted 11/8/2007 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I have been struggling with stage 2, 3 and probably 4 Hemorrhoids. Bleeding enough to make me anemic, and of course lots of pain every 2 weeks. Already had endoscopy and colonoscopy done to make sure no other sources of bleeding.

So, seems like I will have to get something done for the long term. The very thought of a Hemorrhoidectomy scares me to death I have been reading all kinds of bad episode on this forum and others on the web.

Meanwhile, I stumbled across what seems like a FDA approved silver bullet: Doppler Guided Hemorrhoid Artery Ligation (DG-HAL). Promises to be painless (or at least not as painful as Hemorrhoidectomy).

More info at:
www.miller.co.at/emphasis/DGHAL_engl.htm
www.nature.com/ncpgasthep/journal/v3/n5/full/ncpgasthep0457.html
www.ssamed.com/dghal.shtml

Apparently folks in Europe and Asia have been using this with great success. In US, FDA has approved this. I found out that a Florida Hospital is successfully using this. www.floridahospitaldigestive.com/services/hemorrhoids.asp

The question is, has anybody gone through this in US? How can I find a list of specialists in the Philadelphia area?

I am really hoping that this is available

Regards
Nick confused
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