Hemorrhoids are one of the most common colorectal disorders. The exact number of people in North America who experience hemorrhoids is unknown, as many are reluctant to seek medical help because of embarrassment or the fear, discomfort and pain associated with treatment. Hemorrhoids are common in males and females, and peak age of presentation is between 30 and 65. Hemorrhoids are classified as either external or internal. Treatment depends on severity of symptoms. Most grade I and II hemorrhoids are treated medically. Surgery is usually reserved for cases that have not responded to conservative management.
The goal of this hemorrhoid scontinuing education program is to provide surgical technologists with information about hemorrhoids, their classification, presentation and treatment After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain the pathophysiology of hemorrhoids
- Discuss the anatomy of hemorrhoids
- Describe the grading of hemorrhoids and treatments
- Discuss the classification of hemorrhoids
- List office-based procedures to treat hemorrhoids
This course is approved for surgical techs from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.
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