ColoProctology Associates & nasaHernia
Marcus M. Aquino, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Colon and Rectal Surgeon & Hernia Surgeon located in Galveston Bay Area, Seabrook, TX
Hemorrhoids lead to bleeding, itching, diarrhea, and other uncomfortable problems at the anal opening. If you have hemorrhoids, leading board-certified surgeon Marcus Aquino, MD, FACS, FASCRS, provides effective treatment solutions at ColoProctology Associates & nasaHernia in Seabrook, Texas. Before your hemorrhoids flare up any further, get an evaluation started and treatment right away. You can book an evaluation online or by calling the office today.
What causes hemorrhoids?
Also called piles, hemorrhoids are swollen veins that develop in the lower portions of your rectum and anus. They form as the walls of vessels overstretched and become irritated and inflamed.
While the exact cause of hemorrhoids isn’t well understood, medical experts find that several factors can increase your risk, including:
- Older age
- Chronic constipation
- Sitting on the toilet for long periods (straining)
When should I see a doctor for hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids can be either internal or external, but in either case, bleeding, pain and protrusion are common. Dr. Aquino encourages you to schedule a hemorrhoid evaluation at ColoProctology Associates & nasaHernia if you’re experiencing any of the following issues:
- Fecal incontinence/leakage
- Sore or tender lumps
- Blood in your stool or on toilet paper
- Skin that protrudes during/and after bowel movements
In many cases, Dr. Aquino can confirm that you have hemorrhoids by performing a rectal exam and discussing your symptoms with you. But he may also recommend additional screenings, such as a colonoscopy, to rule out other causes of bleeding.
How are hemorrhoids treated?
Your hemorrhoid treatment plan from ColoProctology Associates & nasaHernia is likely going to begin with conservative, nonsurgical measures such as those listed.
- Following a high-fiber diet
- Taking fiber supplements
- Drinking more water
- Taking sitz baths
If these basic measures don't help, Dr. Aquino could recommend a rubber band ligation or sclerotherapy, both of which cut off blood supply to the hemorrhoid and help it shrink. On occasion he will use InfraRed Coagulation which works in a similar manner. All these treatments are not painful and patients can usually return to work right after their office procedure.
If you have severe hemorrhoids, repeated clots, or chronic bleeding, Dr. Aquino could recommend surgery. Because a hemorrhoid surgery does require a 1-2 weeks of rest and downtime, Dr. Aquino generally reserves it as a last resort.
With the help of ColoProctology Associates & nasaHernia, you can expect effective relief from hemorrhoids. Book your hemorrhoid evaluation through the website or by phone today.
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