When over-the-counter products don't help your hemorrhoid symptoms, it's time to visit the gastroenterologists at The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio in Lima, OH. The doctors offer several treatments that can shrink your hemorrhoids and ease your pain.
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen, protruding blood vessels that occur inside or outside your anus and rectum. They can be caused by straining during bowel movements, pregnancy, using laxatives or enemas too often, or chronic diarrhea or constipation. Your risk of developing hemorrhoids may be related to your age or genetics. If other members of your family have hemorrhoids, you may be more likely to develop them.
Hemorrhoid symptoms can include itching, pain, and bleeding during bowel movements. The swollen blood vessels often more noticeable when you strain during a bowel movement.
Are hemorrhoids dangerous?
Hemorrhoids usually aren't a sign of a serious health problem, although the itching and pain can be incredibly annoying. It's important to visit a gastroenterologist if you notice bleeding from your anus. In many cases, bleeding is related to hemorrhoids, but it's important to rule out more serious conditions and diseases.
How are hemorrhoids treated?
Your gastroenterologist may recommend one or more of these treatments during your visit to their Lima office:
- Rubber Band Ligation: Your gastroenterologist places a tiny rubber band around the hemorrhoid, which cuts off its blood supply. After a few days, the hemorrhoid falls off.
- Sclerotherapy: This treatment method involves injecting a chemical into the hemorrhoid, causing it to shrink. Several injections may be needed to completely remove hemorrhoids.
- Coagulation: Exposing the vessels in hemorrhoids to light or heat causes them to harden, shrivel, and fall off.
- Stapling: Used for internal hemorrhoids, stapling also stops blood from reaching the hemorrhoids.
- Hemorrhoidectomy: If other treatments aren't effective or your hemorrhoid is large, your gastroenterologist may recommend surgical removal. The surgery is performed under anesthesia and requires a longer recovery period than other removal methods.
Would you like to finally get rid of your hemorrhoids? Your Lima, OH, gastroenterologists at The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio can help ease your pain. Call them at (419) 227-8209 to schedule an appointment.