Hemorrhoids (or piles) represent the swollen veins in the lower rectum or anus that are pretty similar to varicose veins. They can develop both inside the rectum and under the skin of the anal area.
Unfortunately, Hemorrhoids are relatively common medical issue, as approximately three out of four adults will experience hemorrhoids in their life. On a brighter note, There are several internal and external hemorrhoid treatments to include: over the counter medications, soaking, a small office based procedure using CRH O’Regan System®, and hemorrhoidectomy under anesthesia.
How to Treat Hemorrhoids?
A doctor that treats hemorrhoids can help patients find relief from their symptoms. Often, home remedies like eating foods high in fiber, topical treatments, and sitz baths may be helpful to ease symptoms in mild cases.
However, in more severe cases (especially with thrombosed external hemorrhoids), more elaborate treatment plans may be required to find relief.
When over the counter or home remedies do not solve a hemorrhoid problem, our expert surgical physicians have experience in office based hemorrhoid banding or surgical excision under anesthesia.
Why is finding the proper treatment for hemorrhoids important? For starters, external and internal hemorrhoids can cause a great amount of discomfort. On the other hand, in rare cases, hemorrhoids may also lead to complications, such as:
- Anemia: Although uncommon, chronic blood loss from internal hemorrhoids may lead to anemia, which means that the patient doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to other cells throughout the body efficiently.
- Blood clot: On some occasions, blood clots may be able to form in thrombosed hemorrhoids, which can cause immense pain, and might require draining or lancing.
- Strangulated hemorrhoid: There are rare cases when the blood supply to internal hemorrhoids gets cut off. These strangulated hemorrhoids may also cause excruciating pain.
Seeing a Doctor for Hemorrhoids
Visiting an expert would be the best course of action when the hemorrhoid symptoms (like bleeding during bowel movements) don’t improve after a week under home care.
Getting a professional evaluation is imperative, not just for getting the correct treatment for hemorrhoids but also to rule out other, often quite severe diseases that also cause rectal bleeding.