No assignee for this patent application has been made.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Every human being has hemorrhoidal cushions--a collection of small blood vessels--micro-veins, arterioles, nerves, and dermis--at the lower end of the rectum and anus. That is normal. The hemorrhoid cushions act as a seal to create a watertight anus. As long as the cushions remain in place, an individual experiences no difficulty or symptoms. But if the hemorrhoidal cushions become unduly swollen and are displaced downward--prolapse--through the anal orifice, troubling symptoms develop. Symptoms include pain, sensation of burning, itching, bleeding, and general discomfort. Sometimes thrombosis or torsion of a prolapsed hemorrhoid--or pile as the condition is commonly called--occurs. This can lead to additional complications such as infection, perianal abscess, and anal fistula.
"In addition, prolapsed hemorrhoids release naturally occurring mucus from the covering anoderm. This causes additional problems such as irritation and inflammation of bodily tissues surrounding the anus. It may also cause anal incontinence leading to the involuntary discharge or leaking of feces, and soiling of clothing. It is estimated that about 50 million Americans suffer from prolapsing hemorrhoids.
"In many ways prolapsing hemorrhoids or piles are medically considered akin to varicose veins in the leg. They are uncomfortable, unsightly, sore, and worrisome--but not considered medically serious (i.e. do not decrease normal life expectancy) unless severe complications--such as heavy bleeding or varicose ulcers--crop up. Such situations are potentially lethal and require medical intervention. But average cases of hemorrhoids or varicosities do not, which is a reason why many individuals choose to simply live with their situation. Or they try to manage them by themselves with a variety of natural or over-the-counter preparations with varying degrees of success.
"There are many currently available treatments for hemorrhoids, but all have drawbacks. The most definitive treatment is hemorrhoidectomy, a surgical procedure with a success rate of more than 90%. It is expensive--costs thousands of dollars--can have short and long-term complications such as infection, anal incontinence, or stricture, and is highly painful for up to several weeks after the operation. In addition, the hemorrhoids may return, negating the effect of the procedure. There are other surgical interventions such as banding, stapling, injection with sclerosing agents, or freezing. These can cause the same complications as hemorrhoidectomy. There are also nonsurgical medical and nonmedical treatments such as ointments, creams, gels, salves, and suppositories. These can provide temporary relief of symptoms but are messy, inconvenient, and do nothing to address the underlying cause of the problem--the prolapsing hemorrhoid.
"This brings us to this invention the HemZem Anal Pile Driver which is designed to hold hemorrhoids in place and prevent their protrusion out through the anal orifice. When placed snugly in the anal canal the HemZem does that without a need for external attachments or fasteners. Holding hemorrhoids in place prevents the subsequent chafing of the exposed hemorrhoid or pile, and the development of swelling, and pain. The HemZem also absorbs mucus and other anal effluvia which prevents inflammation of the perianal area.
"Various devices have been patented over the years with the US Patent Office to address prolapsing hemorrhoids by holding them in place. For example, see U.S. Pat. No. 5,924,423 to Majlessi, U.S. Pat. No. 4,583,542 to Boyd, and U.S. Pat. No. 5,178,627 to Hudock, U.S. Pat. No. 4,331,151 to Golden, U.S. Pat. No. 8,118,726 to McFaul Sr, U.S. Pat. No. 6,716,229 to Toth, U.S. Pat. No. 8,062,277 to Fleming, U.S. Pat. No. 6,364,852 to Lee, U.S. Pat. No. 4,263,914 to Pawlak, U.S. Pat. No. 8,211,101 to Croft, U.S. Pat. No. 4,702,235 to Gianopoulos.
"These and other devices or treatment have not proved very useful or effective which is a reason to request a patent for this invention, the HemZem Anal Pile Driver Medical Device. While there are medicated anal wipes and pads on the market in the U.S. at the present time, these are designed to be used and discarded after a moment or two. They are not designed to be inserted and left in place for hours on end, and do not work as HemZem does--uniquely encoding the body's own anatomy, physiology, and chemistry--for beneficial results."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The HemZem Anal Pile Driver Medical Device, the invention, is a soft, rectangular, anal pessary with the approximate dimensions of three inches (7.6 cm), by one inch (2.54 cm,) by an eighth of an inch (32 cm) thick. It is inserted into the anal canal of individuals who suffer from prolapsing hemorrhoids to ameliorate their condition. In the anal canal, it is designed to conform to human anatomy where it holds human anatomical hemorrhoids in place for several hours above the dentate (ano-rectal) line of the anal canal.
"The purpose of the invention is to prevent hemorrhoid protrusion or prolapse through the anal canal, and to prevent or ameliorate medical complications resulting from that, such as burning, bleeding, and pain. The invention is also designed to absorb anal mucus both as a functional component of the device remaining in place, and to block perianal irritation. In the event of fecal leaking, or emergence other effluvia from the anus, which is often associated with prolapsing hemorrhoids, the HemZem invention is designed to absorb such spillage. The HemZem invention is also designed to serve as a barrier for medical ointments, creams, and gels used in the treatment of hemorrhoids, and thereby prevent the staining of clothing from such topical applications.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING
"There are 8 drawings on 6 sheets which refer to the manufacture, final composition, and usage of the HemZem Anal Pile Driver.
"FIG. 1 depicts an 8 inch by 8 inch smooth flat sheet of 2 ply facial tissue.
"FIG. 2 depicts an another view of the 8 inch by 8 inch smooth sheet of facial tissue depicted in FIG. 1.
"FIG. 3 depicts the former 8 inch by 8 inch smooth facial tissue of FIG. 1 that has been folded in half rendering it 4 ply with the dimensions 8 inches by 4 inches.
"FIG. 4 depicts the former 8 inch by 4 inch smooth facial tissue of FIG. 3 that has been folded longitudinally in half rendering it 8 ply with the dimensions 8 inches by 2 inches.
"FIG. 5 depicts the former 8 inch by 2 inch smooth facial tissue of FIG. 4 that has been folded in half rendering it 16 ply with the dimensions 8 inches by 1 inches.
"FIG. 6 depicts the former 8 inch by 1 inch smooth facial tissue strip of FIG. 5 that has been cut into a 3 inch by 1 inch 16 ply tissue pad.
"FIG. 7 depicts a blow up of one end of the 16 ply tissue pad depicted in FIG. 6 showing the open and closed layers of the invention.
"FIG. 8 depicts the 16 ply tissue pad of FIG. 6 in the applied functional position in the human anorectal canal."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Callan,
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