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Week of January 7, 2002

    Question:   I am undergoing rubber band ligation for hemorrhoids, and I fear that surgery (my second time) is the inevitable next step. Is laser hemorrhoidectomy still available and does it reduce post-operative pain? Is HAL (hemorrhoidal artery ligation) a legitimate alternative?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My boyfriend is 20 years old and he has hyperkalemic paralysis. I don't understand what causes it. Is it something that can be cured?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My father-in-law is 78 years old and has recently been diagnosed with sideroblastic anemia. He has to go for blood transfusions every month. There is unfortunately very little information on the Internet on this illness. My question is :- are there any potential risks or side-effects to having blood transfusions every month and if so, what can we do to help minimize the risk?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer