Non-invasive Therapy

  • Charles V. Mann


Very little information is available (and usually nothing at all) in surgical textbooks or other literature concerning simple remedial therapies for the prevention and relief of haemorrhoids. Nor is instruction in their use given to medical students or surgeons in training; one has to assume that colo-proctologists attach little importance to this aspect of haemorrhoid treatment, despite the vast array of “over-the-counter” remedies and the frequency with which the public resorts to them. This attitude needs correction and unless colo-proctologists include these preparations in their practise, they will continue to lose an important part of management to mountebanks and practitioners of “alternative medicine”.


Zinc Oxide Bismuth Oxide Bulking Agent Hard Stool Benzyl Benzoate 
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References and Further Reading

  1. Broader JH, Gunn IF, Alexander-Williams J (1974) Evaluation of a bulk-forming evacuant in the management of haemorrhoids. Br J Surg 61: 142PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  3. Senapati A, Nicholls RJ (1988) A randomised trial to compare the results of injection sclerotherapy with a bulk laxative alone in the treatment of bleeding haemorrhoids. Int J Colorectal Dis 3: 124–6PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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