The Hemorrhoid Treatment Center of Florida, (HTCF), is adding a new technique to ease and shorten the recovery after the resection of external hemorrhoids.
Dr. David Shapiro, the director of the center, is investigating the use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) after the procedure. An emerging literature has documented the effectiveness of LLLT in promoting early healing of various wounds in laboratory studies. Dr. Shapiro, who is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida is investigating the use of LLLT following the excision of external hemorrhoids with the assistance of Mr. Michael Gregg, a USF medical student, who is serving a clinical rotation in the practice.
The Ultroid® procedure, which is painless, is only appropriate in the treatment of internal hemorrhoids. The anatomy of internal and external hemorrhoids is described on this website. The external hemorrhoid requires a minor surgical procedure done under local anesthesia in the office. Discomfort and swelling last for several days and is well managed with medication allowing normal activities, however, it would certainly be an advantage to make the recovery even easier.
The low level laser therapy treatment is painless, is done in the recovery period after the resection and accordingly free of additional charge. It takes several minutes and may be repeated weekly for about a month. Rather than proceed with only anecdotal impressions of the usefulness of LLLT, Dr. Shapiro is submitting an application to the Investigation Review Board of USF and conducting a prospective study worthy of publication.
The plan for the use of LLLT is another example of the thoughtful and academic approach to the treatment of the patient at the HTCF. The Clearwater-based clinic serves patients throughout Central Florida, including those in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Bradenton, Sarasota, and nearby areas.