Hemorrhoid Treatment
Pasadena

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Do you feel or see a small swelling near your anus? Do you see drops of bright red blood in the toilet bowl? Does anything push out of your anal canal during bowel movements? If this is the case, you may have hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are a common colorectal condition that can be easily treated before they become very serious. At Huntington Colorectal Surgeons, our board-certified surgeons have extensive expertise in diagnosing hemorrhoids in people of all ages and treatments such as hemorrhoid surgery in Pasadena. They are the best people to trust for your colorectal health because of their expertise and skills.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation. You can also visit our medical center in Pasadena, California.

What are
hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swellings that occur in the anal region when veins that are located in your anus swell and inflame. This condition is also called “piles” and is very common in the United States, affecting 1 in 20 Americans.

The good news is that hemorrhoids are very treatable and they seldom lead to life-threatening conditions. Some hemorrhoids disappear on their own, however, others may require professional medical care.

Our Pasadena colorectal surgeons can design a bespoke hemorrhoids treatment that suits your medical history and colorectal needs. Our priority is to ensure the proper treatment of your hemorrhoids allowing you to experience relief.

Why do
hemorrhoids form?

Veins are delicate and if you apply extensive pressure or stress, they can easily get injured or inflamed. Hemorrhoids occur when the veins in the anal canal become engorged with blood, become damaged, swell, and become inflamed. This can lead to prolapse (or pushing out of the hemorrhoids), swelling of the hemorrhoids which can cause discomfort, bleeding, or pain if the blood in the hemorrhoids clots.

This stress could be due to:

  • Straining during defecation.
  • Prolonged sitting on the toilet.
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation.
  • The tendency to contract the anal muscles very tightly.
  • Anal intercourse.
  • Frequent & repetitive weight lifting.
  • Pressure on the anal muscles due to obesity.
  • Pregnancy & childbirth.
  • Consumption of low-fiber and high-fat foods.

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Signs you may have hemorrhoids

  • Swelling either outside or inside the anus.
  • Feeling of having something lodged in your anal region.
  • Prolapsing tissue/tissue bulging out of the anal canal.
  • Pain and discomfort when trying to defecate.
  • Skin irritation or burning sensation when walking or sitting down.
  • Bleeding when you move your bowels.
  • Fecal incontinence/leakage.

Hemorrhoids are often confused with anal fissures because of how similar the symptoms are. However, they look very different. Fissures are small tears on the anus, which resemble a paper cut and they may have a skin tag. Hemorrhoids, on the other hand, are like liquid-filled balloons in appearance. If you notice the presence of hemorrhoids or experience any of the above signs, please contact our colorectal specialists today for treatment and hemorrhoid surgery in Pasadena.

Types of
hemorrhoids

One of the two types of hemorrhoids can develop:

  • Internal hemorrhoids
    These hemorrhoids are located inside the rectum, on the rectal walls. They are usually less painful. Because of the constant pressure they experience from fecal matter present in the rectum, they bleed often, resulting in bloody stools.
  • External hemorrhoids
    These hemorrhoids are located outside the anus, near the anal opening. They feel like hard boils or lumps. They are more painful because they are often exposed to friction from external sources such as hard surfaces or abrasive clothing.

Complications of not
treating hemorrhoids

In some cases, hemorrhoids can become infected due to pathogens and this can cause the hemorrhoids to become more inflamed than they normally are. They may also produce a mucous-discharge.

Hemorrhoids inside the rectum can prolapse – get pushed out from the rectum and out of the anus – if too much pressure is exerted on them. These hemorrhoids can be very painful, making it almost impossible to walk or stand or pass stools in comfort. If these prolapsed hemorrhoids are not treated immediately, the anal sphincters can strangulate them, causing blood clot formation. These blood clots are sometimes reabsorbed by the body, but they remain in the hemorrhoids and may grow in size in many instances.

Timely intervention can prevent these complications from developing. Treatment can also reduce the recurrence of hemorrhoids.

Diagnosing hemorrhoids

At Huntington Colorectal Surgeons, we diagnose hemorrhoids by taking a careful history of your symptoms and complaints, then by performing a thorough examination. Once we identify the presence of hemorrhoids, we determine which treatments are effective for you.

We always take into account your bespoke medical requirements before we schedule the treatment.

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Treatments for hemorrhoids

Some hemorrhoids are mild and don’t require extensive treatment, but others require surgical techniques to be effectively treated.

Non-invasive & non-surgical treatments

At our Pasadena colorectal medical facility, we use completely non-invasive and safe techniques to address mild hemorrhoids. We prescribe:

  • Medications to reduce swelling & inflammation.
  • Steroids to eliminate the swelling.

Lifestyle changes:

  • Dietary changes – to increase intake of fiber, fruits, vegetables & hydrate often.
  • Clothing changes – to reduce friction on hemorrhoids.
  • Exercise planning – to lose weight and reduce the chances of obesity-induced hemorrhoids.
  • Bathroom schedule planning – to reduce time spent in the bathroom, thereby lowering your risk of hemorrhoid infection & rupturing.
  • Medication to make bowel movement easier & reduce muscle straining.
  • Over-the-counter lotions & creams to soothe skin irritation.

Hemorrhoid banding

We offer hemorrhoid banding as an initial treatment option because there is minimal discomfort associated with this technique, it can be performed in the office and does not require any anesthetic. During hemorrhoid banding (or hemorrhoid ligation) we tie a special tiny rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid. Because this area has minimal to no nerve endings the procedure produces little if any discomfort. The blood supply to the hemorrhoid is thus choked off. The hemorrhoid shrivels-up and decreases in size. Patients will often experience a few days of bleeding with bowel movements, but this usually resolves as the hemorrhoid decreases in size.

Surgical treatment for hemorrhoids

If your hemorrhoids are serious and these non-invasive techniques do not yield the desired results, we suggest surgical treatments.

One treatment we offer is transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD). During this technique, which requires general anesthesia, we use a specialized ultrasound probe to locate blood vessels feeding the hemorrhoids. Then, using a specialized tool, we carefully suture-close the vessels, ending blood flow to the hemorrhoids. We also perform hemorrhoidectomy, which is the technique of cutting out the hemorrhoids and suturing the resulting defect closed. This too requires general anesthesia but patients often experience longer-lasting results. Contact us for more information about hemorrhoid surgery in Pasadena.

Why Choose Huntington Colorectal Surgeons?

At Huntington Colorectal Surgeons, our treatments are designed to alleviate your pain and discomfort and decrease the risk of recurrence of hemorrhoid symptoms. If you have any questions about the procedures or would like to get your hemorrhoids evaluated by one of our professionals, please visit our center in Pasadena, California.

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