In some severe cases, natural supplements are not enough to treat cases of hemorrhoids. In these instances, sufferers may be required to seek out medical attention to ease their suffering. Two possibilities for treatment include surgery or staples; however, there’s a big different in these options.

The science behind it
Knowing that hemorrhoids are a common condition suffered by much of the population, researchers from the University of Western Ontario looked to compare stapled versus conventional surgery for hemorrhoids. In the past, studies have shown that a stapled hemorrhoidopexy may be less painful and provide faster recovery times for patients. So, the investigators aimed to put these findings to the test.

A number of databases were used to collect results of stapled and conventional hemorrhoid surgeries over an extended period of time – from 1998 to May 2006. What was found was that those patients who were treated via staples were more likely to suffer from recurring hemorrhoids. More precisely, 23 of the 269 individuals who underwent stapled treatment had future issues, and only 14 of the 268 patients of surgery did. Additionally, there was a greater risk of prolapsed hemorrhoids among the people who received hemorrhoid stapling.

“One of the questions that need to be answered is,  ‘Are patients willing to accept a greater likelihood of hemorrhoid recurrence and symptom recurrence if the intervention is more tolerable in the short term?'” Dr. Jayaraman S. Colquhoun and colleagues posited, according to WebMD.

So, although stapling may be better in the short term, it is not the best option when it comes to future suffering. However, before opting for either option, patients should see if natural supplements are able to ease their suffering.