By the age of 50, about half of all Americans have had hemorrhoids, but only a fraction of them seek treatment. Hemorrhoids are one of the most common ailments in the world, and there are treatments available. Book an appointment online or by phone with one of the experts at General Surgery Associates in Las Vegas, Nevada, to learn more about your hemorrhoid treatment options.
When blood vessels in your rectum or anus bulge or become enlarged, the tissues supporting them stretch and the vessels may protrude, creating a hemorrhoid. Hemorrhoids can occur inside the anus (internal hemorrhoids), or they can occur outside the anus (external hemorrhoids).
Internal hemorrhoids can cause painless bleeding and may protrude during a bowel movement. If, however, an internal hemorrhoid becomes prolapsed, meaning it comes out of the anus and cannot be pushed back in, it can be severely painful.
Most external hemorrhoids are usually painless, but they can become thrombosed, meaning a blood clot has blocked the flow of blood to the hemorrhoid. Thrombosed hemorrhoids are not dangerous, but they can be quite painful.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have hemorrhoids:
Some people don’t even know they have hemorrhoids because the symptoms are slight. In other cases, the symptoms become more painful over time.
There are many things associated with hemorrhoids, but researchers are not sure exactly why they occur. Some risk factors include:
If your symptoms are mild and you have not experienced any other changes in your bowel movements, you may be able to get rid of your hemorrhoids by drinking more water, eating a high-fiber diet, taking sitz baths, and avoiding straining during bowel movements.
However, if you experience bleeding, your pain is worsening, or you’ve experienced other changes in your bowel movements, you should see a healthcare professional. Bleeding may be a symptom of other conditions, such as colorectal cancer, and changes in the color or consistency of your stool could indicate other digestive tract issues.
There are several surgical treatments for hemorrhoids, and the one your surgeon recommends will depend on a number of factors including the location of your hemorrhoids.
If you’re experiencing pain, bleeding, or discomfort and you think hemorrhoids may be the cause, book an appointment online or by phone with one of the surgeons at General Surgery Associates.