Hemorrhoids Specialist

Digestive Disorders Associates and MDTEC

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD

Nearly 3 of 4 adults will have hemorrhoids occasionally. In Annapolis, Maryland, the Digestive Disorders Associates professionals have years of experience treating hemorrhoids. The skilled medical group provides useful information on preventing hemorrhoids in the future and thorough evaluations to gain a clear picture of your digestive health. Call or schedule an appointment online for quality gastroenterological care.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum that are similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids can appear inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or under the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids). 

Hemorrhoids are common, and while some people don’t have any symptoms, others experience itching, discomfort, and bleeding.

In some cases, a clot can form in a hemorrhoid — a painful condition called a thrombosed hemorrhoid. A thrombosed hemorrhoid may need to be lanced and drained by a medical professional.

 

If you have hemorrhoids, you might experience: 

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Itching or irritation in the anal region
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Swelling around the anus
  • A lump near the anus that may be sensitive or painful

 A common symptom of hemorrhoids is painless bleeding during bowel movements.

 

What causes hemorrhoids?

There are a number of causes of hemorrhoids, but they’re most commonly caused by straining during bowel movements and heavy lifting.

Pressure on those veins from pregnancy can also lead to hemorrhoids. The veins around the anus can swell or stretch under pressure and can also bulge or swell due to:

 

  • Obesity
  • Anal intercourse
  • Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Low-fiber diet

Hemorrhoids are more common with aging.

 

What are the treatments for hemorrhoids?

Your Digestive Disorders Associates specialist conducts a physical examination and performs a range of tests to rule out more serious conditions and evaluate your digestive health.

In some cases, a colonoscopy may be necessary if you have risk factors for colorectal cancer or if you have signs and symptoms that suggest another digestive system disease.

To treat hemorrhoids, your Digestive Disorders gastroenterologist might recommend eating high-fiber foods, using certain topical treatments, soaking regularly in a warm bath, and ensuring adequate hygiene.

 

Other treatments for hemorrhoids include:

 

  • External hemorrhoid thrombectomy to remove a painful blood clot in a hemorrhoid
  • Rubber band ligation
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Coagulation techniques, using methods like infrared or laser
  • Hemorrhoid removal surgical procedures, such as a hemorrhoidectomy or hemorrhoid stapling

 

Your Digestive Disorders gastroenterologist can help you decide the right treatment for your hemorrhoids as efficiently and effectively as possible. Call or click to book online.