Learn What Hemorrhoids Are and How They Can Be Treated

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If you are experiencing a hemorrhoid flare-up, you are familiar with the burning, itching, and outright pain that often accompanies this health condition.

While not usually life-threatening, chronic or recurring hemorrhoids can cause constant discomfort and even mild incontinence. The good news is that most kinds of hemorrhoids are relatively easy to treat, and we can provide you with cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment technology.

  • In addition, we field highly trained proctology experts with years of training and experience behind them.
  • The combination of our technical expertise and our therapeutic technology helps us to provide you with the highest levels of medical relief for your hemorrhoids.

What Are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are bloated, constricted, and swollen blood vessels that are located in the rectum and the anus. Under normal circumstances, these blood vessels are normal sized and actually play important roles in maintaining continence. For various reasons, these veins often swell up and complicate the waste-elimination process, causing pain and bleeding along the way.

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Types of Hemorrhoids

The two main varieties of hemorrhoids include internal and external hemorrhoids.

  • Internal Hemorrhoids: Internal hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum and the anal canal. They are often relatively painless, but can still cause occasional bleeding and discharge. Even though they arise within the rectum, internal hemorrhoids occasionally become so swollen that they may protrude through the anus.
  • External Hemorrhoids: External hemorrhoids are located towards the end of the anal canal. They sometimes contain blood-clots within their walls, and are known to produce pain and bleeding.

Medical professionals classify hemorrhoids into one of four grades.

  • Grade 1: These internal hemorrhoids occasionally bleed, but cause no pain and do not extend outside of the rectum.
  • Grade 2: At this level, hemorrhoids may prolapse, or extend out of the anus, during activities that involve physical strain. That said, Grade 2 hemorrhoids usually return to their original positions without outside assistance.
  • Grade 3: Level 3 hemorrhoids usually bleed and cause pain. They may prolapse when put under strain and may need to be manually re-inserted into the body.
  • Grade 4: 4th level hemorrhoids cause pain, bleeding, discharge, and possible tissue damage. The most serious of the group, these often require major medical interventions.

How Hemorrhoids Are Treated

Here at our medical center, we begin the hemorrhoid treatment process with an in-depth diagnostic test that helps us to pinpoint the locations and grades of your hemorrhoids. Depending on what we find, we then offer you a number of treatments specifically tailored to your unique case. Some common treatments include:

  • Rubber Band Ligation
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Coagulation Therapy
  • Cryotherapy

Our professionals possess education, training, and experience in the proctology field. Just as importantly, our staff genuinely cares about the well-being of each and every patient. To enjoy these benefits and find relief for your hemorrhoid issues, contact us today.

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