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I have been interested in trying to lessen the pain associated with hemorrhoidectomy ever since it was my duty to remove the rectal plugs from patients during my internship. In 1930 I suggested to Dr. Harvey B. Stone, of Baltimore, that he use his method of local injection of alcohol into the perianal region for this purpose. He tried it on a few patients at that time but gave it up because of one or two sloughs followed by abscess formation. I also tried this method in a few cases at that time and have used it occasionally on very nervous patients during the past fourteen years. For the last three years I have used it routinely on my private patients and have been able to improve the technic greatly.
This report concerns the technic and results in 72 cases. Some of the patients had nothing but hemorrhoids, whereas the
OWINGS JC. METHODS FOR REDUCING PAIN FOLLOWING HEMORRHOIDECTOMYTECHNIC AND RESULTS IN SEVENTY-TWO CASES. Arch Surg. 1945;50(6):293-295. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1945.01230030304004