Standardization Reduces Recurrence and Overall Complication Rate in Laser Haemorrhoidoplasty: Retrospective Cohort Study

Document Type : Research/Original Article


Junankar Surgical Nursing Home, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India


Background: The Laser Haemorrhoidoplasty (LHP) procedure is a minimally invasive technique to treat symptomatic hemorrhoids. The aim of this study was to assess the safety of laser haemorrhoidoplasty and to study long term recurrence rates and other complications. Methods: In this retrospective, single-centre study, 250 consecutive symptomatic patients of internal haemorrhoids of grade I-IV underwent laser haemorrhidoplasty. The procedure was done using 15 W,1470 Nm diode laser machine (Lasotronix). All the preoperative and postoperative variables were analyzed, with special emphasis on post-procedural pain, complications and recurrence rate. Follow-up was scheduled at 4th,7th and 30thday and then at 3, 6 and 12 months, and once a year thereafter. Complications were recorded. Results: There were 250 patients ( 134 male and 116 female; mean age: 43.72 18.34 years, range 16-85 years). Short-term follow-up was achieved for all patients. Patient satisfaction in terms of pain at rest and post-defaecation pain was 100%. Twenty eight patients (11.2 %) had complications.10 patients (4%) had postoperative bleeding,3 patients (1.2 %) had infection,1 patient (0.4 %) developed a fistula-in-ano,1 patient (0.4 %) developed a thrombosed haemorrhoid,1 patient (0.4 %) had prolapsed haemorrhoid,5 patients (2 %) had incomplete regression,1 patient (0.4 %) had fissure in ano. Ulceration occurred in 1 patient (0.4 %) and 2 patients (0.8 %) developed recurrence. No anal stenosis or faecal incontinence occurred in any of the patients. Conclusion: This study shows that LHP gave 100% patient satisfaction in terms of post-procedure pain at rest and post-defaecation pain. With standardisation, LHP is a safe procedure with good short term and long term results with minimal recurrence rate.


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