Treating Hemorrhoids
By Daniel J Alpert MD
May 30, 2019
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

Are you suffering from hemorrhoids?

Dr. Daniel Alpert, your New York, NY, gastroenterologist, provides his patients with the help they need through this difficult ordeal.

More About Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids, or piles, are engorged blood vessels in the anus and rectum because of increased pressure. Hemorrhoids don't lead to cancer, fortunately, but there are other problems. Pain, however, is not one of them. Hemorrhoids sound painful but they're actually not, even though they cause minor rectal bleeding.

There are two types of hemorrhoids:

  • Internal (inside the anus)
  • External (under the skin around the anus)

Why do people bleed?

Hemorrhoids and rectal polyps that cause rectal bleeding, as mentioned above. The bleeding is usually associated with bowel movements but the exact cause of bleeding unknown. There seems to be a relation, however, to specific factors:

  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • sitting or standing for long periods
  • obesity
  • heavy lifting
  • pregnancy
  • age
  • hereditary

Hemorrhoids Treatment Options

There are several options when it comes to treating hemorrhoids:

The first one is treating hemorrhoids medically:

  • treating constipation
  • taking warm baths
  • applying an over-the-counter cream
  • using suppository that may contain hydrocortisone

The second option is to use a rubber band ligation. It's a common outpatient procedure that involves placing rubber bands around the hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply. The hemorrhoid shrinks and, within a few days, the hemorrhoid and rubber band fall off

There are a few complications to take into consideration:

  • severe pain
  • significant rectal bleeding
  • fever or infection

Your New York, NY, gastroenterologist, may prescribe medications to reduce pain before sending you home.

The third option, which is the rarest, is surgery. Dr. Alpert removes hemorrhoids surgically when faced with severe cases or if the patient continues suffering after the rubber band ligation procedure.

To learn about hemorrhoids in New York, NY, Call your gastroenterologist, Dr. Daniel Alpert, at (212) 599-7910 today!

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