Hemorrhoids are a common problem that may clear up with at-home care. However, if your own efforts fail to provide relief, Lalbahadur Nagabhairu, MD, Shams Tabrez, MD, and the team at Gastrointestinal Consultants can help with their hemorrhoid treatment. There’s no need to suffer with the discomfort from hemorrhoids. Call the office in Tavares, Orlando, or The Villages, Florida, or schedule a consultation online today.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus or lower rectum. Similar to varicose veins, hemorrhoids develop from excess pressure on the veins, causing the walls to widen and weaken, and allowing the blood to pool and the vein to swell.
The site of your hemorrhoids determines their type, which includes:
Internal hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower rectum. These types of hemorrhoids cause painless bleeding during a bowel movement.
However, if the internal hemorrhoid prolapses and protrudes through the anus, it can cause pain.
External hemorrhoids affect the sensitive anal tissue. These types of hemorrhoids can itch and cause pain. They may also form a blood clot, causing a thrombosed hemorrhoid, which results in a very painful, hard lump.
Hemorrhoid treatment refers to the various methods available to resolve your hemorrhoids. In most cases, you can treat your hemorrhoids at home by:
Soaking your hemorrhoids in a warm tub for 10-15 minutes several times a day also eases the discomfort and promotes healing.
If your hemorrhoids fail to improve with a week of at-home care, then you need medical hemorrhoid treatment. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Gastrointestinal Consultants specialize in all types of digestive disorders.
They take a personalized approach to care and design plans that fit your needs and ease your discomfort.
The team most often uses infrared coagulation (IRC) to treat hemorrhoids. This in-office treatment works fast and is well-tolerated by most patients.
You can expect quick and comfortable care during your IRC hemorrhoid treatment at Gastrointestinal Consultants.
First, your gastroenterologist applies a numbing gel to the area and then places the IRC tool directly on the swollen vein. The energy from the IRC causes scar tissue to form, cutting off blood supply to the hemorrhoid so it shrinks.
You go home after your treatment. The team may recommend refraining from heavy lifting for about a week, but there are no other restrictions following IRC for hemorrhoid treatment.
The team recommends a series of sessions to get the best results.
To find out more about hemorrhoid treatment at Gastrointestinal Consultants, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.