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Hemorrhoids are incredibly common, with more than 3 million cases each year. They’re essentially swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus. Hemorrhoids are also known as piles.

They become incredibly irritated when a person has a bowel movement. They’re one of the most common reasons for rectal bleeding and typically clear up within a few weeks.

Did you know…

hemorrhoids are very common and increasingly occur with age? In fact, approximately half of all adults have been bothered by hemorrhoids by age 50, though not all suffer with symptoms of irritation. Fortunately, the majority of hemorrhoids inflammation is successfully treated by simply increasing fiber& water intake by eating a diet rich in fruits & veggies and avoiding sitting on the toilet for long periods of time during bowel movements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between internal and external Hemorrhoids?

Internal hemorrhoids are located so far inside the rectum that you can’t see them or feel them, due to the minimal amount of nerves in that region. They’re usually symptomless, with the only visible sign being slight bleeding.

External hemorrhoids are located around the anus and clearly visible. The opening of the anus has many nerve endings, which is why these hemorrhoids are often painful, particularly when you have a bowel movement. External hemorrhoids can prolapse, which means they get so big the bulge outside of the anal sphincter.

 What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids often require a physician’s diagnosis, as their symptoms mimic those of other colorectal issues like anal fissures, abscesses and fistulas. When hemorrhoids become inflamed, they may grow larger and bleed bright red blood during bowel movements. If you experience any rectal bleeding, see a general surgeon immediately.

What are the surgical treatment options for hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoid surgery is only necessary for a small percentage of all hemorrhoid patients. When conservative treatment measures fail, your doctor may recommend hemorrhoid banding or surgery. Banding is when a small rubber band is placed on an internal hemorrhoid to cut off the blood supply, and shrink and destroy the hemorrhoid tissue. External hemorrhoids or thrombosed hemorrhoids may require a general surgeon to surgically remove the hemorrhoid tissue.

Read more about Anorectal Disorders:

Anal Fissures

Anorectal Abscesses & Fistulas

Rectal Prolapse

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