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What are the best home remedies for Anal Fissures

Anal fissure is a tear in the anal canal that can form due to various reasons (discussed below). Anal fissure results in bleeding from the anus especially when passing stools. Still may contain blood or may have streaks of blood on it.  Sometimes anal fissures heal on their with changes in diet and with some home remedies. If the fissure is deeper, it needs medical intervention and treatment to heal. In this article, Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran, the most sought after gastroenterologist in Chennai puts across some home remedies for anal fissures that can help treat them or at least, they can help you with treating the symptoms to a great extent.

What causes anal fissures?

Diarrhoea and constipation are two main reasons for formation of fissures. High tension in the sphincter muscles during diarrhoea or when suffering from constipation can lead to pain, spasms and tears. Conditions such as hypothyroidism, obesity can also cause fissures. Tuberculosis, Sarcoidosis, sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS, Syphilis can also cause anal fissures. Fissures that are caused due to these diseases usually tend to last longer and take time to heal and may sometimes need surgery.

Home remedies to treat anal fissure or it’s symptoms

“The important mantra is, you need to reduce the strain on the sphincter muscles while passing stools. If you are suffering from constipation or if your stools are too tight to pass, you need to add more fiber in your food and soften them” says Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran.

  • Sitz bath

A Sitz bath is a small bowl usually placed on top of a (western) toilet seat. It is filled with warm water and a little bit of Epsom salt is dissolved in it. You need to then sit on it for some time. This can help reduce the pain and the burning sensation in the anal region and help in the healing of fissures.

  • Inclusion of fibre in your diet

It is important to include lot of fiber in your diet. Fiber can help you pass your stools with ease and can also help with constipation problem. Following are the foods rich in fiber:

  1. Legumes
  2. Whole grains (whole wheat, barley, corn, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, sorghum)
  3. Nuts
  4. Avocados
  5. Pears
  6. Berries
  7. Coconut
  8. Peas
  9. Flax seeds
  10. Chia seeds
  11. Chickpeas
  12. Turnip
  13. Broccolli
  • Stool Softeners

If you are suffering from constipation, the first thing you need to do is, drink a lot of water. A glass of warm water as soon as you wake up from bed can help a lot in bowel movements. Stool softeners are medicines that you can take after consulting a doctor.

Along with water, add a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet than processed foods. Fruits and vegetables have fiber in them and also are easily digested. Fruits and vegetables rich in water content can help you in easing constipation. Eg. Watermelon, spinach, strawberries, tomato, cucumber, celery, musk melon, cabbage etc.

  • Regular workout

If you are overweight or obese, you must work out regularly and bring down your weight to the right levels. Even if you are in good shape already, you still need to work out to stay fit.  Regular exercise not only keeps a tab on your weight but also helps in improving the metabolism of your body and helps in passing stools easily. Did you know that some people go to the restroom after working out to pass stools? Also, when you work out, blood flow to all parts of the body is increased and that again helps in the healing of anal fissures.

The above-mentioned home remedies for the treatment of anal fissures are not just for treating the existing fissures but they can also help in avoiding recurrence or formation of fissures for the first time. If you have tried these home remedies and still not finding any improvement in the symptoms or still seeing streaks of blood on your stools, please see a good gastroenterologist near you. If you are in Chennai, you can call us at +91 97102 04044 or +91 90928 49786 to fix an appointment with one of our top gastroenterologists in Chennai.

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What is the Cost of Laser Piles Surgery & Treatment In Chennai

Laser surgery for piles is a non-invasive and painless procedure with negligible chances of bleeding, infection, incontinence, or anal stenosis. Laser piles surgery is preferred over other common methods of piles treatment such as banding, ligation, coagulation, haemorrhoidectomy and haemorrhoid stapling due to many advantages. One of the main advantages is that, laser piles surgery is done on an outpatient basis without the requirement for hospitalization that reduces the total cost of treatment.

Advantages of Laser piles surgery outweighs its cost

People may find it very embarrassing to talk about piles but it is necessary to come out of it and seek appropriate treatment for this increasingly common condition. Home remedies and conservative treatment may help only in conditions that are evaluated as mild. On making a decision to visit the clinic, it is important to understand a little about the treatment process. Some of the general queries would be on arrival at a diagnosis, various types of treatments available, and the cost.

Having an idea about the best treatment procedure available, it may be necessary to know if the advantages of laser piles surgery outweighs the cost involved in it. There are many advantages of laser piles surgery that makes patients prefer this as the permanent treatment technique over other traditional methods. Advantages include:

  • The procedure can be done within 30 minutes with maximum safety.
  • Resume daily activities as early as the very next day.
  • Laser energy promotes faster healing.
  • Provides quick relief from the symptoms.
  • The function of the anal sphincter is well preserved.
  • It takes less than a week for full recovery after the procedure.
  • 90% success rates that is higher than other methods.
  • Negligible chances of recurrence.

Cost components of Laser piles treatment

There are various components that affect the total cost of laser piles treatment. Different parts of the treatment process include pre-procedure cost, surgery cost, medicine cost and Post-procedure cost. Charges for any single part of laser Piles treatment can depend on corresponding factors:

  • Pre-Procedure cost – Diagnosis of haemorrhoids is based on medical history and physical exam. External haemorrhoids can be diagnosed by checking the area around the anus but to diagnose internal haemorrhoids a digital exam and other procedures may be needed to look inside the anus and rectum.

Medical history – It is necessary to provide medical history and description of symptoms along with eating habits, toilet habits, use of laxatives or enema and other existing medical conditions.

Physical examination – It involves an internal exam of the rectum to feel the unusual growth or swollen part of the rectum by which the specialist can almost conclude the diagnosis.

Digital examination – Internal haemorrhoids that are too soft to touch can be felt through digital examination to check the tone of the muscles in the anus, to check for tenderness, blood clots, lumps or masses and skin tags. An anoscope, sigmoidoscope or proctoscope may be used to visualise the lower portion of the colon and rectum. Based on various below factors, a colonoscopy may be necessary to examine the entire colon.

  • Signs and symptoms that may indicate another digestive system disorder
  • Presence of colorectal cancer risk
  • No recent colonoscopy in a middle aged patient
  • Surgery cost – If a patient has the question “ who is the piles specialist near me ?” the consultation fee payable would be an upfront cost. An experienced and skilled surgeon can provide best-in-class services at a higher fee than a surgeon with less experience.

The cost of laser piles surgery varies with patients

The amount to be paid for Laser Piles Treatment differs from one person to another and hence the cost varies for different patients. It is usually based on the severity of the piles' condition and it can vary from hospital to hospital. Surgical treatment of grade 3 and 4 piles is more difficult than grade 1 and 2 piles. Piles condition that has advanced to the chronic stage will pose more risks and complications associated with surgery. In such cases, extra precautions taken during surgery will affect the cost of surgery. Factors that affect the surgery cost include:

  • Type of piles
  • Grade or severity of piles
  • Age and condition of the patient
  • The hospital/clinic location, speciality and services
  • The expertise of the doctor
  • Post-surgical complications if involved
  • Medicine cost – Pre and post-surgery, doctors do advise medication. Over the counter creams, ointments, pads or suppositories, etc. will be used as they contain a few goods and soothing ingredients like witch hazel, lidocaine and hydrocortisone to minimise the discomfort before and after the surgery. These can temporarily relieve pain and itching until complete healing.
  • Duration cost – Hospital ward types like general, twin shared, single room, etc. can be chosen as little as possible if the condition is not severe and the patient remains stable to keep the cost low. The cost will also be affected by the type of facility chosen to stay. For instance, a private ward will cost more than a general ward. Travel charges from and to the hospital for consultation tests and follow up will also impact the overall cost of treatment. From hospital admission, discharge to bed charges payment will be accounted separately for each.

Laser piles surgery cost can be very reasonable with wide options available especially because the benefits weigh down the risks of choosing other treatment methods. Laser piles surgery does not take as long as conventional surgery but the technology and its benefits escalate the cost of laser treatment as compared to procedures. As the advantages of laser piles surgery avoid post operative complications, laser treatment is still be considered affordable and the most preferred treatment. One may be able to choose the best piles specialist or clinic that provides optimal care and cost-effective services. The goal is to get the best haemorrhoid surgery at an affordable price. To learn more about the piles laser treatment cost, one can contact the nearest piles clinic and consult the specialists.

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