Hemorrhoids are enlarged or swollen blood vessels in and around the anus and lower rectum. Symptoms of hemorrhoids include: itching in the anal region; pain; sensitive lumps; or protrusion and bleeding during bowel movements. Hemorrhoids can be external or internal—external hemorrhoids are usually painless and develop near the anus, while internal hemorrhoids arise within the anus beneath the lining, causing painless bleeding and protrusion during bowel movements. Should an internal hemorrhoid become “prolapsed” and protrude completely from the anal opening, it can be extremely painful.
Although the exact cause of hemorrhoids is undetermined, factors that can exacerbate this condition include: age, pregnancy, genetics, chronic constipation or diarrhea, overuse of laxatives or enemas, and straining during bowel movements. Mild hemorrhoid symptoms can generally be alleviated by taking sitz baths or increasing the amount of fiber and fluid intake in one’s diet; however, severe hemorrhoids may require one of the following procedures:
- Ligation (“the rubber band treatment”)
- Injection and Coagulation
- Hemorrhoid Stapling
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At Pinnacle Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Dr. Ann L. Kalhorn and Dr. Eugene M. Kim are well respected and board certified colon and rectal surgeons. They have received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions pertaining to the colon, rectum and anus. We work collaboratively with you to ease painful symptoms and ensure the safe and successful resolution of your colorectal issues. If you would like additional information about treatment, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Kalhorn or Dr. Kim.