Common Myths about Piles
MYTH 1:- Cure of piles
not possible: The high recurrence rates of the conventional modes of
treatment led to this belief. This is not true today. The newer method(Stapler
Haemorrhoidectomy) has decreased the recurrence rates to the lowest levels.
MYTH 2:- Surgery of
Piles is painful and prolonged: This was true with conventional surgery but with Stapler
surgery, the treatment is virtually painless and can be done on day care
basis(i.e the patient goes home the same day)
MYTH 3:- Piles always
bleed: This is not true. A significant percentage of piles patients
hardly bleed. They just feel the small masses(piles) in their anal area after
motions. These masses gradually increase in size over years and may lead to
complications of piles.
MYTH 4:- Piles can lead
to cancer: Piles does not increase the risk of cancer but what is
important to understand is that symptoms of piles and rectal cancer are same
i.e bleeding off and on. So symptoms of piles can mask the presence of
underlying rectal cancer. Therefore piles should always be treated even it is
causing no symptoms other than occasional bleeding.
Myth 5 :- Piles is a
taboo:- Many people including the educated ones consider piles
to be a taboo and do not come out openly/ discuss their problem. This can be
dangerous. Piles is a simple disease like any other disease and a consultation
should be sought with a good surgeon.
Myth 6:- Piles
treatment is a domain of quacks: As earlier mentioned, because of lack
of satisfactory treatment with medical sciences, the treatment of piles was
taken over by quacks especially in India. But now this tendency should be curbed
as medical science offer very good treatment options or piles.