Hemorrhoid Treatment Specialist in NYC
Hemorrhoids, often known as piles, are bulging veins in the anus and lower rectum that resemble varicose veins. Hemorrhoids can form inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or beneath the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids). Discomfort is a common symptom, particularly when bowel motions while sitting. Itching and bleeding are two other symptoms. Sore or sensitive hard lumps near your anus. Do you have hemorrhoids? Get treatment for hemorrhoids today by a board-certified gastroenterologist at Digestive Disease Care (DDC). For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Babylon NY, East Setauket NY, Forest Hills NY, Jamaica NY, Jericho NY, Lake Success NY, Melville NY, Mineola NY, Massapequa NY and New Hyde Park NY.
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How serious are hemorrhoids?
What if I leave hemorrhoids untreated?
When should I be worried about hemorrhoids?
What size do hemorrhoids need to get before surgery is needed?
What causes hemorrhoids to flare up?
Hemorrhoids are not a serious health issue in most cases and are very common. Statistically speaking, 3 out of 4 adults at some point in their lives may suffer from hemorrhoids and should make a full recovery. There are certain exceptions to this, though: symptoms such as seeing blood in the stool or experiencing excessive pain or swelling, mean that it’s time to seek medical attention from a healthcare professional.
Risk factors for hemorrhoids include pregnancy and giving birth, regular lifting of heavy objects, frequent diarrhea, being overweight, and chronic constipation. The risk of enlarged hemorrhoids increases as people age since the tissue weakens over time. Hemorrhoid problems are also known to run in families.
Leaving hemorrhoids untreated is an option that some people can choose to take if they are not in too much pain and discomfort. However, to err on the side of caution, it is always best to consult with a healthcare professional.
If hemorrhoids are left untreated inflammation, bleeding, or infection may occur. External hemorrhoids can get swollen and itchy and even begin to bleed. Any open wound on the body, such as a ruptured hemorrhoid, should never be left untreated as contamination or infection can occur, which in turn can lead to much more serious health concerns.
Though the annoyance of hemorrhoids can be enough reason to call your doctor, here is a quick checklist to know when you should be concerned:
• Rectal bleeding (any type)
• If the hemorrhoids are causing discomfort and pain
• If the problems continue, despite trying over-the-counter creams or other remedies
• If you are noticing that your stools are tarry or maroon in color (this can also be a sign of bleeding)
• If you experience a large amount of rectal bleeding that is accompanied by faintness or dizziness, then emergency medical care is needed immediately
While hemorrhoids are considered a minor health problem, you should still have them examined. The real goal is hemorrhage relief, and for most people, that means a visit to the doctor.
Hemorrhoids are a very uncomfortable experience for most, but there are many other treatment methods available before surgery. Creams, serums, and changes to your diet are great at-home remedies, but you should get medical advice on this first.
Quite often, surgery for hemorrhoids is only performed in the most severe cases, like when creams and diet changes have been ineffective, or when emergencies, such as excess bleeding or intense pain, have occurred.
Hemorrhoids are typically classified by how severe they are. Grade 1 – slightly enlarged hemorrhoids that are not visible from outside the anus. Grade 2- larger hemorrhoids that can come out of the anus (while passing stool or during physical activities; then going back inside again on their own). Grade 3 – hemorrhoids that come out of the anus when using the toilet or while performing other physical activities but don’t go back inside on their own (they can be pushed back inside on their own). Grade 4 – hemorrhoids that are outside the anus and are not able to be pushed back inside.
There are innovative treatment options for people with Grade 1 and 2 hemorrhoids. Those with Grade 3 or 4 hemorrhoids, on the other hand, will almost always require surgery.
The veins around your anus can stretch under pressure and may swell or bulge. Hemorrhoids may develop from increased pressure in the low rectum due to regular heavy lifting, eating a low-fiber diet, being pregnant, having anal intercourse, being obese, straining during bowel movements, having chronic constipation or diarrhea, or sitting for long periods of time, especially on the toilet, as this can increase the pressure on the veins in the anus.
Digestive Disease Care (DDC) offers treatment for hemorrhoids. We have convenient locations to serve you in Babylon NY, East Setauket NY, Forest Hills NY, Jamaica NY, Jericho NY, Lake Success NY, Melville NY, Mineola NY, Massapequa NY and New Hyde Park NY, and BEYOND.
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