History of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids have been causing pain longer than we have known. It may have even dated back to the time of cave-men. Because most likely those cavemen have been very untidy. But the 1st recorded events of hemorrhoids were 1700 BC at Egypt.
The origin of the word Hemorrhoids was derived from the Greek haema or blood and rhoos flowing. Hippocrates used it as a medical description in 460 BC.
The earliest records of hemorrhoids that came from Egypt states that if a man gets inspected in his anus whether sitting or standing and he suffers very greatly in seizures in both legs. He shall be given an ointment that is made from Acacia leaves that are grounded and cooked. Then he puts the medication in his anus that he may be able to recover.
Hippocrates was able to write the earliest description of hemorrhoids. His description of hemorrhoids is really despicable, that it sounds like a script for B-movie horror flick. He describes it as “bile or phlegm at the veins of the rectum, it heats up the blood in the veins and causes the gut to swell outwardly. The heads of the vein are then raised up and at the same time are bruised by feces that go out. It is further injured by the blood collected in them and squirts out blood together with the feces.
The treatment of hemorrhoids during Hippocrates time was more similar to the treatment of rubber band ligation today. Hippocrates said that the treatment of hemorrhoids is treated by a needle and tying it with a thick woolen thread. The result will be much better if it has been secured and a septic application has been used.
A lot of progress has been made in the surgical procedures of hemorrhoids during the 13th century. It was led by the European physicians called the master surgeons. Then the progress of hemorrhoids surgery stalled back for 350 years. Then it only blossomed again during the renaissance period.
During the 18th to the 19th century, Frederick Salmon, the founder of St. Marks Hospital has been able to expand the hemorrhoid surgery into a combination of excision and ligation. In his technique, the skin around the anus is incised. The anal muscles dissected and the hemorrhoid is ligated.
Frederick Salmon’s method became so efficient that it is still used up to know. It has had a few developments, the diathermy hemorrhoidectomy, the rubber band ligation, and the stapled hemorrhoidectomy.
All procedures from the start of time for extreme hemorrhoids seem to be
extremely painful. No matter what era you have lived, the pain of having
severe hemorrhoid removed will always be the same. I just hope that in
the future some scientist will be able to develop something that will be
painful and make you feel like you had no operation at all. If that happens
in my lifetime, I’ll be the first to try.
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