Hemorrhoids, also called piles, occur when the veins in your anus and rectum become swollen and irritated. This leads to many uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- A feeling of fullness in the anus and rectum
- Itchiness and pain
- Feeling like you still need to go after pooping
- Slimy mucus and fresh blood after wiping
- Painful lumps around the anus
Most cases of hemorrhoids resolve themselves, but persistent or recurring hemorrhoids can become a problem. In these cases, getting the problem diagnosed and treated can provide relief. However, embarrassment keeps many people from seeking help for their hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are relatively easy to diagnose, and we aim to be as considerate and professional as possible during the process.
First, Dr. Ambe thoroughly reviews your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, and diet. This gives him some insight into what’s causing your hemorrhoids, and what can be done to alleviate your symptoms and prevent them from recurring. If a digital or visual examination is needed, we take steps to ensure your comfort.
There are two types of hemorrhoids, so it’s important for us to diagnose them correctly. Internal hemorrhoids are often painless at first, but they can prolapse through your anus and cause pain later. External hemorrhoids are easier to detect because they tend to be itchy and painful. If left untreated, they might develop blood clots and become thrombosed.
Treatment options for hemorrhoids
Treatment for hemorrhoids depends on the severity of your piles. Thrombosed or prolapsed hemorrhoids will likely require immediate treatment, bu we can treat other symptoms using conservative measures, like:
- A high-fiber diet
- Drinking more water
- Limiting time spent on the toilet
- Reducing diarrhea or constipation
- Topical ointments
If you suffer from severe or persistent hemorrhoids, you might benefit from surgical procedures like rubber band ligation, hemorrhoidectomy, and hemorrhoid stapling. We’ll walk you through your options for optimal relief and long-term peace of mind.
Are you struggling with hemorrhoid symptoms? Don’t hesitate to seek the care you need. Get in touch with Dr. Ambe at Texas Surgical Care by calling 832-280-8691, or request an appointment online.