Up to three-quarters of adults will experience hemorrhoids at some point in their life. Swollen veins that occur in the rectum and around the anus, hemorrhoids cause discomfort, pain, and sometimes bleeding. At Gotham Gastroenterology, with locations throughout New York City in the Midtown East and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, the skilled gastroenterologists offer evaluation and treatment for hemorrhoids, especially when they’re chronic or severe. Call the most convenient office today if you just can’t live with hemorrhoids and longer. Alternatively, request an appointment online.
When the veins in your rectum swell, hemorrhoids result. Internal hemorrhoids affect the lower rectal area while external hemorrhoids affect the anus.
Swelling occurs due to stretched blood vessels, and the veins become inflamed and irritated as a result. Hemorrhoids cause pain, and sometimes they bleed.
Anyone can develop hemorrhoids, but certain people are at higher risk. You may experience excess pressure in the rectum that causes hemorrhoids due to:
Pregnant women are also vulnerable to developing hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoid cases may be just a minor annoyance or a severe disruption to your daily life.
You may notice hemorrhoids in the anal area with symptoms such as:
Bleeding from hemorrhoids appears bright red. If you notice dark red or blackness in stools, it indicates you may have bleeding that’s originating deeper in the digestive tract that warrants a visit to Gotham Gastroenterology.
Hemorrhoids are usually not a serious condition. Oftentimes, you can manage them with over-the-counter ointments, creams, and pads. Prevent hemorrhoids by adding more fiber to your diet and adding more activity to your lifestyle. Changing your bowel habits so you eliminate when your body needs to also helps prevent hemorrhoids.
When hemorrhoid pain is chronic, however, and interferes with your comfort in daily life, you should seek treatment. Bleeding due to hemorrhoids may also require intervention.
At Gotham Gastroenterology, the doctors use the HET system as one treatment for internal hemorrhoids. This nonsurgical technology treats hemorrhoids in a single, simple, and effective procedure. The HET system consists of a single-use disposable device that compresses the hemorrhoid while delivering low thermal energy to shrink the offending tissue.
Infrared photocoagulation may also be used to treat small and medium-sized internal hemorrhoids. Your doctor uses a device that emits infrared light and heat that causes scar tissue, cutting off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid. The hemorrhoid dies and forms scar tissue that holds nearby veins in place so they don’t bulge into future hemorrhoids.
The type of treatment that’s best for you depends on the severity and location of your hemorrhoids. Allow the doctors at Gotham Gastroenterology to evaluate your condition and help you find relief. Call the nearest office today or book an appointment online.