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Common Questions about Hemorrhoids Treatments that the NYC Hemorrhoids Doctor, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian, is Frequently Asked

What exactly  are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are a collection of dilated blood vessels that are located around the anus and extend inside for approximately 2 inches.

What causes Hemorrhoids? The exact cause of hemorrhoids is unknown; however, the upright posture of humans alone forces a great deal of pressure on the rectal veins, which sometimes causes them to bulge. Other contributing factors include:

  • Aging
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Faulty bowel function due to overuse of laxatives or enemas
  • Spending long periods of time (e.g., reading) on the toilet
  • Whatever the cause, the tissues supporting the vessels stretch. As a result, the vessels dilate; and their walls become thin and bleed. If the stretching and pressure continue, the weakened vessels protrude

What are the types of hemorrhoids? There are two types of hemorrhoids — internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids usually are not painful, but may bleed. Sometimes, an internal hemorrhoid may stretch until it bulges outside the anus. This is called a “prolapsed hemorrhoid”. A prolapsed hemorrhoid can go back inside the rectum on its own over time, or it can be gently pushed back inside. If the prolapsed hemorrhoid cannot be pushed back inside, consultation with a physician about surgical treatment options is necessary. External hemorrhoids involve the veins around the anus. They can be itchy or painful and can sometimes crack and bleed. If a blood clot forms, one may feel a tender lump on the edge of the anus, and see bright red blood on toilet paper or in the toilet after a bowel movement.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids? Symptoms of hemorrhoids, both external and internal, include:

  • Aching after a bowel movement
  • Anal or rectal itching
  • Bright red blood on toilet tissue or in toilet bowl
  • Appearance of anal tissue pads or sensitive lumps

We urge you to consult the NYC hemorrhoids specialist, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian if you experience any of these hemorrhoid symptoms.

There are several possible causes for  rectal bleeding and a complete evaluation and early diagnosis by your doctor is very important. Rectal bleeding, whether it is minor or not, can be a symptom of any type of colorectal or anal cancer, a type of cancer that can be cured if detected early.  Rectal bleeding can also be caused by hemorrhoids or many other causes. If you are having blood from your anus or if the blood appears in conjunction with other symptoms, you should consult a doctor or a gastroenterologist like Dr. Khodadadian. It may be a sign of a serious condition.

Who gets hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids can affect both women and men of all ages, increasing in occurrence after age 30. As many as 50% of all Americans over age 50 will have experienced hemorrhoids. At Manhattan Gastroenterology in NYC, the doctor successfully treats patients who have hemorrhoids of all ages, ethnicities, and genders daily.

What is the most effective way to treat hemorrhoids? While there are many techniques for eliminating problem hemorrhoids, IRC has been shown to be effective and fast acting. Dr. Khodadadian, a best in class Upper East Side NYC gastroenterologist has completed special training in applying IRC and has treated multitudes of  patients successfully with this procedure.

Are hemorrhoids treatments covered by insurance? Infrared coagulation. a best in class hemorrhoids treatment, is usually covered by most insurances, and you won’t need an overnight stay in a hospital. IRC is more effective than sclerotherapy, and it works faster than rubber band ligation. Please feel free to phone our NYC office if you would like for us to determine if the hemorrhoids treatment is covered by your particular insurance.

What exactly is IRC hemorrhoids treatment? Infrared coagulation hemorrhoids treatment, or IRC, is a minimally invasive, is a non-surgical medical procedure used to treat hemorrhoids. While there are many techniques for eliminating problem hemorrhoids, IRC has been shown to be effective and fast acting. Infrared Coagulation (IRC) has quickly become the most widely used office treatment for hemorrhoids and is preferred over other methods because it is fast, well-tolerated by patients, and virtually problem-free. Infrared coagulation is conducted on an outpatient basis in the doctor’s NYC office.

Is the NYC hemorrhoids specialist, Dr. Shawn Khodadadian able to remove external hemorrhoids? Many symptoms patients experience are from engorged internal hemorrhoids or anal fissures (which patients usually refer to as “external hemorrhoids”). When the internal hemorrhoids are banded and shrink, the external hemorrhoids usually do as well. Many times this alone will relieve the symptoms of pain and bleeding. After hemorrhoid banding is completed, a skin tag may remain. These tags often do not cause any symptoms. An acute blood clot of an external hemorrhoid can be very painful and may require drainage. The NYC hemorrhoids doctor offers skin tag removal and drainage of thrombosed hemorrhoids if needed.

What is the difference between hemorrhoids and an anal fissure? Many of the symptoms that patients experience such as pain, itching and bleeding can be symptoms of both hemorrhoids or anal fissures. Because of this, patients tend to self diagnose themselves incorrectly. It is important to always consult your gastroenterologist for a proper diagnosis. Because bleeding can also be a symptom of colorectal cancer, it is important to rule out other problems as well.

What things can I do to prevent flare-ups of my hemorrhoids? Eating properly is the first step. Eating more fiber is very important. You can supplement your fiber intake Drinking more fluids can also be helpful.

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult a doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained  gastroenterologists like Dr. Khodadadian can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

 If you find you are struggling with hemorrhoid symptoms, it is important to visit your gastroenterologist to correctly identify the problem and get proper treatment. Please feel fre to contact our NYC office to make a consultation:

Dr. Shawn Khodadadian
Manhattan Gastroenterology
983 Park Ave, Ste 1D
New York, NY 10028
(212) 427.8761