At Marina del Rey Hospital, our experienced general surgeons are well versed in diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions, including hemorrhoids. Upon analyzing each patient's condition, our specialists will choose the best treatment options available in order to alleviate symptoms.
Hemorrhoids are swollen or inflamed veins in the anal canal and the lower rectum. This condition can cause mild to severe pain, discomfort while sitting, itching, and rectal bleeding. Almost half of the adult population will suffer from hemorrhoids at some point during their lifetime and the occurrence rate becomes higher around the age of 50. There is no gender difference in this condition’s incidence as both men and women are equally affected.
There are several types of treatment that can alleviate the symptoms of hemorrhoids:
There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal and external. The difference between them is represented by their position in relationship to the dentate line.
There are several symptoms associated with the development of hemorrhoids such as:
Patients are required to get a physical examination so that the doctor can determine the severity of the condition. The anus and the surrounding area have to be visually examined by a specialist. A digital rectal examination is a frequent procedure performed directly by a doctor and involves no devices or sedation.
If the first visual examination confirms the presence of internal hemorrhoids, an anoscopy test may be required. This involves the inspection of the area with the insertion of a specialized tube that helps detect the hemorrhoids’ size and orientation.
Another examination used when dealing with hemorrhoids is the sigmoidoscopy which is performed with a fiber-optic camera that is inserted into the rectum to analyze the hemorrhoid’s state.
There are several risk factors that can increase the chances of hemorrhoid formations:
There are several potential causes that may favor the development of hemorrhoids:
Many hemorrhoid related problems can be treated using alternative measures:
The best ways to prevent hemorrhoids include:
Do you suspect you might have hemorrhoids? You can always learn more about hemorrhoid related symptoms and how to treat and cure them by getting in touch with our highly-skilled specialists at Marina del Rey Hospital.
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