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Embarrassed about Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are nothing to be embarrassed about – in fact, about 50% of the population will suffer from them by the age of 50.

For many, ointments and creams will only mask symptoms to provide temporary relief. They do not address the root of the problem that is causing the pain, itching, bleeding, and overall discomfort.

If you’re serious about getting rid of hemorrhoids once and for all, it’s time to consider a definitive treatment.

What are Hemorrhoids?

The term hemorrhoids refers to a condition in which the veins around the anus or lower rectum are swollen and inflamed.

Hemorrhoids may result from straining to move stool. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, aging, chronic constipation or diarrhea, and anal intercourse.

Hemorrhoids are either inside the anus (internal) or under the skin around the anus (external).

What Are YOUR Treatment Options?

Medical treatment of hemorrhoids is aimed initially at relieving symptoms.

  • Measures to reduce symptoms include:
    Warm tub baths several times a day in plain, warm water for about 10 minutes.
  • Application of a hemorrhoid cream or suppository to the affected area.

For more information about this topic, visit:
WebMD
MayoClinic.com

Procedure Average Procedure Time Average Time Off Work Pain Medication Required Pre/Post
CRH O’Regan System
30 seconds – 1 minute
0-1 day
No
Conventional Rubber Banding
5-10 minutes
0-3 days
Often Prescribed
Infrared Coagulation (IRC)
30 seconds – 3 minutes
0-1 day
Often Prescribed
Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy
15-90 minutes
1-10 days
Yes
Conventional Hemorrhoidectomy
45-90 minutes
10-14 days
Yes

Many anorectal problems, including fissures, fistulae, abscesses, or irritation and itching (pruritus ani), have similar symptoms and are incorrectly referred to as hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids usually are not dangerous or life threatening. In most cases, hemorrhoidal symptoms will go away within a few days.

Although many people have hemorrhoids, not all experience symptoms. The most common symptom of internal hemorrhoids is bright red blood covering the stool, on toilet paper, or in the toilet bowl. However, an internal hemorrhoid may protrude through the anus outside the body, becoming irritated and painful. This is known as a protruding hemorrhoid.

Symptoms of external hemorrhoids may include painful swelling or a hard lump around the anus that results when a blood clot forms. This condition is known as a thrombosed external hemorrhoid.

In addition, excessive straining, rubbing, or cleaning around the anus may cause irritation with bleeding and/or itching, which may produce a vicious cycle of symptoms. Draining mucus may also cause itching.

Hemorrhoids are very common in both men and women. About half of the population have hemorrhoids by age 50. Hemorrhoids are also common among pregnant women. The pressure of the fetus in the abdomen, as well as hormonal changes, cause the hemorrhoidal vessels to enlarge. These vessels are also placed under severe pressure during childbirth. For most women, however, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy are a temporary problem.

A thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis by the doctor is important any time bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool occurs. Bleeding from the rectum may also be a symptom of other digestive diseases, including colorectal cancer.

The doctor will examine the anus and rectum to look for swollen blood vessels that indicate hemorrhoids and will also perform a digital rectal exam with a gloved, lubricated finger to feel for abnormalities.

Closer evaluation of the rectum for hemorrhoids requires an exam with an anoscope, a hollow, lighted tube useful for viewing internal hemorrhoids, or a proctoscope, useful for more completely examining the entire rectum.

To rule out other causes of gastrointestinal bleeding, the doctor may examine the rectum and lower colon (sigmoid) with sigmoidoscopy or the entire colon with colonoscopy. Sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy are diagnostic procedures that also involve the use of lighted, flexible tubes inserted through the rectum.

“Banding,” or cutting off a hemorrhoid’s blood supply with tiny rubber bands, is the most common and effective hemorrhoid removal treatment in use today. (Over-the-counter remedies only treat symptoms, not the underlying problem). At Midwest Gastroenterology, we have taken banding to a new level of excellence. Our patented device is smaller and more comfortable for patients and uses gentle suction instead of a metal-toothed forceps to grasp the hemorrhoid, thus significantly reducing the risk of pain and bleeding. Also, because our device is 100% disposable and single-use, the risk for cross-patient infection (e.g. HIV, hepatitis B and C) associated with inadequately sterilized conventional equipment is eliminated. The hemorrhoid typically falls off within a day or so, and 99.8% of patients have no post-procedure pain. Performed in our offices in as little as 30 seconds, our banding technique has been found to be 99.9% effective and most patients return to work the same day.

The best way to prevent hemorrhoids is to keep stools soft so they pass easily, thus decreasing pressure and straining, and to empty bowels as soon as possible after the urge occurs. Exercise, including walking, and increased fiber in the diet help reduce constipation and straining by producing stools that are softer and easier to pass.

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The facility is small enough you don’t feel like a number and big enough you know they have what they need in case of an emergency. Dr Taormina is easy to talk to and answers all questions. Explains everything well, easy to understand. The group of nurses are also great!

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