Hemorhoids NYC | Best in Class NYC Hemorrhoids Doctor
If you suspect hemorrhoids, you should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan and to exclude a serious illness or condition. Hemorrhoids are just one of many causes for rectal bleeding and lesions around the anus that need evaluation.
Common Questions about Hemorrhoids Treatments that our NYC Hemorrhoids Doctors are 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:
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea
- 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 one of our NYC hemorrhoids specialists 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. 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. Our doctors, best in class Upper East Side NYC gastroenterologists have completed special training in applying IRC and have treated multitudes of patients successfully with this procedure. Our doctors also perform rubber band ligation for hemorrhoid treatment and refers for surgery as needed.
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. 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 a widely used office treatment for hemorrhoids and is well-tolerated by patients. Infrared coagulation is conducted on an outpatient basis in the doctor’s NYC office. Mild sedation can be used to alleviate any discomfort during the procedure.
Are your NYC hemorrhoids specialists 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.
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 trained gastroenterologists like our doctors 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 free to contact our NYC office to make a consultation.