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Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus and rectum. Many people put up with the bleeding and pain of hemorrhoids for a long time before getting help. 

Our Staten Island, Bronx, or Brooklyn based hemorrohoid doctors can perform diagnostic procedures and treatments at any of our Triborough GI clinics. 

One of our board-certified GI doctors will guide you through the procedure and provide advice and treatment for managing your hemorrhoids symptoms.

For more information on hemorrhoids or to schedule an appointment at our Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island office, please call (718) 332-0600 today!

What are Hemorrhoids?

You can develop two types of hemorrhoids with different symptoms for each:

  • Internal hemorrhoids

These hemorrhoids form from veins in the lining inside the anus or lower rectum. They often cause bleeding, which appears as bright red blood on toilet paper or in the toilet bowl after a bowel movement.

Internal hemorrhoids don’t cause other symptoms unless ongoing pressure or straining during bowel movements makes them push through the anal opening. The prolapsed hemorrhoid then becomes painful.

  • External hemorrhoids

External hemorrhoids develop from enlarged veins under the skin around your anus. These hemorrhoids often cause pain and itching. You may also feel a tender lump near your anus or experience pain when sitting for a long time. If a blood clot develops, you will experience sudden and severe pain.

What are symptoms of Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are most common in older people who have pelvic tumors and diarrhea, pregnant women both during and after pregnancy and for people that strain (push hard) to have a bowel movement.

Symptoms of hemorrhoids can include the following:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Bright red blood in stool
  • Anal itching 
  • Anal pain
  • Pain and irritation around anus
  • Swelling around anus
  • Hard lump around anus
  • Tissue bulging around anus
  • Leakage of feces

What causes Hemorrhoids?

You have hemorrhoids when the veins around your anus or in your rectum become inflamed and swollen. The veins that form hemorrhoids stretch and enlarge when they’re exposed to unusual pressure.

The type of pressure that leads to hemorrhoids occurs from chronic constipation or diarrhea, when you sit on the toilet for too long, and from frequently lifting heavy objects. It is also common for women to get hemorrhoids when they’re pregnant.

How are Hemorrhoids diagnosed?

Having blood in your stool is a symptom of many digestive disorders such as colorectal cancer. It is important to see your Triborough GI expert doctor for a complete exam so he or she can diagnose your condition correctly.

To find out whether you have hemorrhoids, your reputable gastroenterologist may do several tests including:

  • ColonoscopyThis test permits your Triborough GI specialist to look at your large intestine and check for any abnormal growths, tissue that is red or swollen, sores (ulcers) or bleeding. After examining the lining of your colon, a tissue sample (biopsy) is taken for testing. 
  • SigmoidoscopyThis test examines the inside of your large intestine, making it possible to determine the cause of stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, bleeding and abnormal growths. By inserting a sigmoidoscope, a short and flexible, lighted tube into your intestine through the rectum, your health care provider is able to blow air into your intestine to make it swell. This makes it easier to see inside your colon. A tissue sample (biopsy) is taken if needed.
  • Proctoscopy. A tube is inserted into your anus, providing a view of your rectum.
  • Digital rectal exam (DRE). Your healthcare provider checks your anus and rectum for signs of swollen blood vessels, a clear indication of hemorrhoids.
  • Anoscopy. A short, lighted tube is inserted into your anus. This is used to see internal hemorrhoids.

How are Hemorrhoids treated?

The doctors at Triborough GI may recommend lifestyle changes to treat mild hemorrhoids. For example, changing your diet and adjusting your bathroom habits may be enough to relieve the pressure and heal the hemorrhoids. 

Additional hemorrhoid treatments:

  • Fiber supplements
  • Laxatives
  • Warm sitz baths
  • Topical creams and suppositories

If your hemorrhoids are painful, you will have to undergo one of the following procedures to have them removed:

Ligation is used to treat external hemorrhoids. During a ligation, your doctor places an elastic band around the base of the hemorrhoid. As the band cuts off the hemorrhoid’s blood supply, it shrinks, dies, and falls off. A scar forms, holding the veins in place.

Infrared Coagulation is a procedure often used to treat internal hemorrhoids. Your doctor at Triborough GI directs a beam of infrared light at the base of the hemorrhoid.

The heat causes scar tissue that cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid. The hemorrhoid then dies and the scar tissue holds the nearby veins in place. When your hemorrhoids are severe or they return after treatment, you may need surgery to remove the tissue.

If you suffer from pain or bleeding due to hemorrhoids, you can schedule an appointment online or call one of the Triborough GI offices.

Triborough GI has the top NYC gastroenterologists in Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. Our doctors provide only the most specialized and extensive care. Our motto is that the patient’s care comes first! Highly reputable and top rated in NYC, our gastroenterologists will thoroughly examine, diagnose and treat your hemorrhoids. 

Schedule an appointment at (718) 332-0600 today with one of our Triborough GI doctors at our Brooklyn, Staten Island or Bronx locations for any questions or concerns you have regarding hemorrhoid treatment.