Hemorrhoids are blood vessels located in the smooth muscles of the walls of the rectum and anus and are a normal part of anatomy.  However, when hemorrhoids swell, there is an increase in pressure and discomfort.  Other commonly associated symptoms are painless bleeding and itching.  An increase in pressure may be caused by a low fiber diet causing one to strain with bowel movements, pregnancy, and obesity.  Symptomatic hemorrhoids are typically treated with a high fiber diet, adequate hydration, and stool softeners.  If symptoms fail to resolve or progress, surgical intervention may be necessary.  This is referred to as a hemorrhoidectomy, which Dr.Leithead  performs two ways.

  • A Minimally Invasive Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy is an outpatient procedure that involves removing the swollen and enlarged hemorrhoidal tissue.  This results in minimal pain and aids in the resolution of symptoms.
  • An Open Hemorrhoidectomy  is the surgical excision of the hemorrhoidal tissue.

Dr. Leithead will determine the procedure that is best for you after examination.

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Insurance approval for bariatric surgery can be a difficult maze to maneuver. Our practice has 7 Patient Advocates who focus on obtaining insurance approval for patients. They will verify your insurance and walk you through any required prerequisites prior to surgery. When you call our office you will be introduced to your Patient Advocate who will work with you until the time you are scheduled for surgery.

If your insurance does not cover bariatric surgery, your Patient Advocate will discuss our cash pay prices and financing options.

Dr. Leithead accepts all insurances, including Medicare.

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