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Jennifer Matthews: Meet Ellen, one of the few women in the country who will talk about her hemorrhoids on TV. Ellen Brener: It's not something that you would bring up at the dinner table or discuss in a social situation, at a bar, or anyplace. It's not the talk of the day. Jennifer Matthews: 25 million Americans have hemorrhoidal symptoms each year. 50 percent of people over age 45 will have them in their lifetime. Gary H. Hoffman: Hemorrhoids know no boundaries. Males and females are affected equally, old and young. Jennifer Matthews: Ellen suffered for 15 years. Ellen Brener: They keep you from going places. They're very painful. Jennifer Matthews: A surgery called hemorrhoidectomy is often the last resort. Gary H. Hoffman: A classical hemorrhoidectomy is exquisitely painful, and people can be out of commission, away from work, away from their normal activities from four to six weeks. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Gary Hoffman offers patients a new, less painful procedure. Gary H. Hoffman: The procedure is basically like a facelift. Jennifer Matthews: A stapling device removes the vessels that supply blood to the affected tissue. Without blood, the hemorrhoids wither up and disappear. Because it's done in an area where there are no pain fibers, it's less painful. Gary H. Hoffman: It allows patients to return to work or their activities of daily life very quickly with a minimum amount of discomfort. This truly is a revolutionary procedure. Jennifer Matthews: It worked for Ellen. Ellen Brener: I don't have hemorrhoids now. It's really great. It really is. It's made a huge difference in my life. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.