Hemorrhoid Energy Therapy (HET Bipolar System)
The HET System is a non-surgical technology that allows physicians at Advanced Gastroenterology & Nutrition to treat internal hemorrhoids in a single procedure. It is a gentle, simple, and efficient procedure, associated with rapid recovery, with little to no discomfort and excellent results.
Hemorrhoids are a collection of veins in the anorectal junction which often become swollen and inflamed by childbirth, chronic constipation, aging, genetic predisposition and jobs involving extensive sitting such as, truck drivers, pilots, etc. The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids are itching or discomfort, rectal bleeding/spotting, and prolapse during bowel movements. While not life-threatening, hemorrhoids can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. Seventy-five percent of all people have symptomatic hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, and 50% of people over the age of 50 suffer from chronic, progressively worsening hemorrhoid problems.
The HET system is a single-use, disposable device that applies a combination of gentle hemorrhoid tissue compression and low thermal energy to significantly shrink internal hemorrhoids. This treatment is having a dramatic impact on patients who suffer from hemorrhoids. Soon after treatment, there is already a prompt reduction in hemorrhoid size and steady improvement in patient’s symptoms over the ensuing several days.
Historically, hemorrhoid sufferers have been treated with topical steroid agents or suppositories which have short-lived benefits. Other historic treatments include rubber banding which dates back to the 1950’s. This treatment causes ulcerations in the rectum, requires multiple treatments and can be remarkably painful. “The problem is that many patients cannot tolerate the pain of constant pressure on the hemorrhoid and the discomfort. Since most patients have multiple enlarged symptomatic hemorrhoids, the procedure needs to be repeated several times over a few months. Hemorrhoid surgery is typically miserable or horrible. The HET system allows us to treat most patients with a less than ten-minute procedure that has little to no post-treatment discomfort, and is a one and done intervention,” stated Jeffrey Hartford, MD, gastroenterologist at Advanced Gastroenterology & Nutrition.
Dr. Hartford is a national authority on HET having performed more procedures and helped launch the technology as a consultant. He has shared his clinical expertise with physicians around the country on this new technology. Advanced Gastroenterology & Nutrition is the only gastroenterology practice in Hunterdon County to provide this procedure to patients.
Informative article on the HET procedure: GI Fellow Advisory – Dr. Hartford
Sandeep Bhargava, MDGastroenterologist
Howard N. Garson, MDGastroenterologist
Jeffrey D. Hartford, MDGastroenterologist
Kheng-Jim Lim, MDGastroenterologist
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