WHO GETS HEMORRHOIDS?
Hemorrhoids are very common, occurring in half of all men and women by age 50, although younger individuals can also suffer with them.
Causes of Hemorrhoids:
- Constipation and straining
- Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Advanced age
- Prolonged sitting
- Heavy lifting
To accurately diagnose and treat hemorrhoids, your gastroenterologist will first need to determine whether you have hemorrhoids, or another, more serious, digestive health issue. Remember, any rectal bleeding should be evaluated by a GI specialist. Because blood in the stool can also be an indication of anal fissures, rectal tumors, colon cancer, diverticulitis and colitis, an examination at an office visit, or during a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy procedure, is the first step toward proper diagnosis and treatment.
Before discussing treatment options, your doctor will identify the type of hemorrhoids you have:
- Thrombosed (most painful)
At the Utah Hemorrhoid Center, we use a non-surgical banding procedure to treat internal hemorrhoids. Often, by treating the internal hemorrhoids, external hemorrhoids will also be significantly improved.
If the provider sees an external bulge around the anus and the patient is in great pain, this is usually a sign of a thrombosed hemorrhoid, meaning a blood clot has formed and is pushing on the very sensitive nerves in the area. These may require a different procedure to treat, such as making a tiny incision and removing the clot. Your provider will advise you of the best option for your specific situation.
THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM WE TREAT EVERY DAY
Talk to a Utah Hemorrhoid Center Doctor about your symptoms.