Hemorrhoids are extremely common. They affect nearly three out of every four adults at some point in their lives. Mihaela Galica Vladutiu, MD and Karim Sayad, MD are caring, professional gastroenterologists who offer hemorrhoid treatment to patients at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology, in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. If you’re suffering from painful or bothersome hemorrhoids, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.
Hemorrhoids -- or piles, as they’re sometimes called -- develop when the blood vessels in your rectum or anus become swollen and distended. They can happen inside your rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or under the skin around your anus (external hemorrhoids).
External hemorrhoids are typically the most painful because the skin that covers them becomes irritated and wears away.
Occasionally, a blood clot may form in an external hemorrhoid, causing extreme, sharp pain. This is called a thrombosed hemorrhoid. If this happens to you, the team at Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology can lance and drain the hemorrhoid.
Some hemorrhoids don’t cause any symptoms at all. Others are extremely irritating or painful.
Internal hemorrhoids may show bright red blood on toilet paper after you’ve gone to the bathroom, but they’re typically painless and invisible. However, straining when you go to the bathroom can push an internal hemorrhoid through the opening of your anus, which can cause pain.
External hemorrhoids are more likely to itch, bleed, or cause discomfort. You may be able to feel or see these swollen blood vessels around your anus.
Common signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids include:
First, Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad perform a physical exam to diagnose your hemorrhoids. If your signs and symptoms suggest a more serious condition, they may want to examine your entire colon with a colonoscopy.
Once they confirm your diagnosis, your doctor works with you to develop a treatment plan. Depending on your specific situation, the plan may include:
If your condition is severe, they may recommend advanced treatment, such as a minimally invasive procedure to remove your hemorrhoids.
If you’re suffering from painful, irritating, or possibly prolapsed hemorrhoids, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online for professional and precise treatment.