Mercy's Dr. Jeffery Nelson Offers Minimally Invasive Outpatient Treatment for Hemorrhoids
Jeffery Nelson, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, Surgical Director of The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases, Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center, now offers patients a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure for treating hemorrhoids.
A specially designed instrument known as a suction hemorrhoid ligator is used with the procedure; this device holds ¼ inch rubber bands which are applied over the bleeding or prolapsing internal hemorrhoids.
According to Dr. Nelson, a small rubber band is placed around the tissue just above the hemorrhoid where there are fewer pain-sensitive nerve endings. Unlike traditional banding techniques that use a metal-toothed clamp to grasp the tissue, Dr. Nelson prefers to use the gentle suction device.
The banding procedure works by cutting off the hemorrhoid’s blood supply, causing it to shrink and fall off, “usually within a day or so. Patients often don’t even notice when this happens,” Dr. Nelson said. Once the hemorrhoid is gone, the wound usually heals within a few days to two weeks.
Patients may experience a sensation of pressure after the procedure, but this typically abates within 48 hours.
“We’ve found most patients return to their jobs the next day and experience no limitations to their regular activities,” Dr. Nelson said.
Over the counter remedies such as topical medications, suppositories, stool softeners, dietary changes, and warm sitz baths may offer temporary relief, but hemorrhoids can worsen over time, with increased size and symptoms.
“This in-office procedure, which is quick, effective and essentially painless, offers patients a viable alternative to just treating their symptoms with home remedies,” Dr. Nelson said, adding that advanced internal and external hemorrhoidal disease may require additional therapies.
Board Certified in Colon and Rectal Surgery and in General Surgery, Dr. Nelson has more than 25 years of experience in his specialty. His areas of interest include colorectal cancer, rectal bleeding, hemorrhoidectomy and diverticulitis. He brings special expertise in such areas as rectal prolapse, ulcerative colitis and complex anal pathology.
Dr. Nelson earned his medical degree at the University of Utah. Dr. Nelson completed his Internship and Residency in General Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center. He completed his Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Northwest Colon and Rectal Clinic, Seattle, Washington. Dr. Nelson has held the position of Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
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.