Mercy's Dr. Sergey Kantsevoy Using New Tissue Ligation Device For Treatment Of Bleeding Internal Hemorrhoids
Dr. Sergey Kantsevoy, Director, The Center for Therapeutic Endoscopy at Mercy
Hemorrhoids are very common and affect approximately 4-5% of the general population (over 15 million people in the USA), especially people over age 50. Internal hemorrhoids often present with bleeding, prolapse—where the hemorrhoidal tissue falls out of place, or "slips down” -- and other symptoms.
While there are a variety of ways to treat this condition, many have significant drawbacks. According to Dr. Sergey Kantsevoy, Director, The Center for Therapeutic Endoscopy, part of The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy, there is now a new option to treat bleeding internal hemorrhoids.
The HET™ Bipolar System, a new tissue ligation device, has been cleared by FDA for the treatment of internal hemorrhoids.
HET™ Bipolar device is a modified anoscope (a small tube used in the examination of the rectum and anus) with a built-in tissue ligating bipolar forceps, a light source, and tissue temperature monitoring mechanism. Radiofrequency energy is used to ligate the blood vessels to the hemorrhoids, thus stopping the bleeding. In essence, the device uses heat to staunch the bleeding.
The device can be used by GI physicians, gastroenterologists during endoscopic procedures, like a colonoscopy, with patients under sedation, or as an outpatient procedure without any sedation.
Dr. Kantsevoy notes that the technique is simple, easy to perform in an outpatient setting, requires only one treatment and is highly effective in stopping hemorrhoidal bleeding and mild prolapse. Dr. Kantsevoy is a specialist and regional authority in interventional endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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