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By The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio
October 12, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Are you struggling with hemorrhoids? Although hemorrhoids can often get better on their own, a visit to your Lima, OH, physicians might be a good idea if your hemorrhoids are causing discomfort.

What are hemorrhoids?

Lumpy hemorrhoids are actually swollen blood vessels in your rectum or inside or outside your anus. They're often more noticeable when you strain during a bowel movement. You may be more likely to develop hemorrhoids if you have chronic diarrhea or constipation, strain during bowel movements, use laxatives often, or are pregnant.

Will my hemorrhoids go away?

Fortunately, hemorrhoids often get better on their own. In fact, smaller ones can go away in just a few days. If your hemorrhoids are caused by constipation or straining during bowel movements, changing your diet to include high-fiber foods that make it easier to pass stools may be helpful. Over-the-counter hemorrhoids preparations can increase your comfort by reducing pain and itching

When should I see a doctor?

If your hemorrhoids are large or don't improve after three or four days, your doctor can offer several helpful treatments, including:

  • Sclerotherapy: During your visit to the Lima, OH office, your doctor will inject a chemical into your hemorrhoids, which will shrink them. You may need to return for follow-up treatments to completely remove the hemorrhoids.
  • Rubber Band Ligation: Rubber band ligation cuts off the blood supply to hemorrhoids, causing them to fall off in just a few days. Your doctor places a small rubber band around hemorrhoids during this procedure.
  • Stapling: Stapling seals off blood flow to internal hemorrhoids.
  • Coagulation: Coagulation offers another effective way to treat hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are exposed to heat, light, or cold temperatures, which hardens and shrinks them.
  • Surgery: Although most hemorrhoids respond well to less invasive treatments, surgical removal may be needed if other treatments don't work or your hemorrhoid is large. The outpatient procedure is usually performed using local anesthetic.

Have over-the-counter treatments failed to help your hemorrhoids? Call The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio in Lima, OH, at (419) 227-8209 to schedule an appointment.


By GASTROINTESTINAL ASSOCIATES, INC
October 08, 2020
Tags: Diverticulitis  

Treating Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is an intestinal infection that is most common in older people. It is a condition that is often easily treatable. For more information on treatment contact the professionals at Gastro-Intestinal Associates in Lima, OH.

Diverticulitis

In more than half of Americans over 60 small sacs develop in their intestinal lining. Usually, in the large intestine. This condition is called diverticulosis.

Diverticulitis is when these sacs become inflamed and infected.

There is no known cause for it, although low fiber diets are a suspected culprit. This is because a lack of fiber can lead to constipation, which can strain the intestine walls.

Symptoms

Diverticulosis, without infection, often has no symptoms, it must be diagnosed by your doctor. Your Lima, OH, gastroenterologist can examine you for diverticulosis and diverticulitis.

It is done through an x-ray or ultrasound of the abdomen. A CT scan is not a common method for diagnosis, but when performed for other reasons, will spot the diverticula.

A blood test will be performed to check for an infection.

Common symptoms are tenderness in the left lower abdomen, as well as bloating, and nausea. Perhaps even fever and chills, as well as blood in your stool.

Contact your doctor if have these symptoms. It's important to treat diverticulitis early to avoid complications. Such as the narrowing of a part of the colon, a tear, bleeding, an abscess, or a fistula between the colon and another part of the body.

Treatment

If your case is mild your treatment may be a simple as rest, pain medicine, and a change of diet. One based on liquids for a time before returning to regular food. Although they'll probably suggest adding more fiber overall to your diet.

You may require antibiotics and a hospital stay for more severe diverticulitis.

If your symptoms don't respond to other treatments surgery may be needed.

Diverticulitis Treatment

Your doctors at Gastro-Intestinal Associates Ohio in Lima, OH, can help guide you to the best treatment for you. Call today at (419) 227-8209.