Gastroenterologists located in Lower Manhattan/Chinatown, New York, NY & Brooklyn, NY
Hemorrhoids can cause painful, recurrent symptoms that can make even simple activities uncomfortable. As a top-rated gastroenterologist in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Anthony Ng and the team of physicians at GI Health help patients get rid of painful hemorrhoids using advanced approaches like the CRH O’Regan banding technique.
Hemorrhoids Q & A
What causes hemorrhoids?
A hemorrhoid is a mass of swollen, inflamed blood vessels and tissue inside the rectum that causes pain, itching and burning sensations, and sometimes bleeding and prolapse (protrusion outside the anus), especially when having a bowel movement. Hemorrhoids can be caused by several factors, including sitting or standing for long periods of time, straining when having bowel movements such as in chronic constipation or diarrhea. Pregnancy and obesity can also increase the risks of developing hemorrhoids. Although they can occur at any age, hemorrhoids tend to occur more commonly among people 50 years of age and older. While many hemorrhoids cause symptoms like pain or itching, mild internal hemorrhoids may cause rectal bleeding without other symptoms. Because rectal bleeding can be a sign of other issues like colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it should always be professionally evaluated to determine the underlying cause.
What is a thrombosed hemorrhoid?
Thrombosed hemorrhoids are hemorrhoids that are very swollen and engorged with clotted blood. These hemorrhoids protrude from the anus and often cause severe discomfort.
Can I treat hemorrhoids with over-the-counter products?
While some of the milder symptoms of hemorrhoids may be temporarily relieved by over-the-counter creams or ointments, these products do not treat the root cause of symptoms, which means they can recur. Over time, untreated hemorrhoids can stretch and weaken the anal sphincter, resulting in some symptoms of fecal incontinence. Having a professional evaluation is essential to receiving necessary care to prevent embarrassing side effects as well as to provide long-term relief of pain and other symptoms.
How are hemorrhoids treated at GI Health?
GI Health uses traditional methods that first and foremost identifies the root cause of hemorrhoids. Without addressing the cause, treatment success will be limited. Bowel habits and toileting care (use of sitz baths) is also stressed along with prescription topical medicines that counter inflammation and pain. For chronic bleeding and prolapse, we use called the CRH O’Regan Hemorrhoid Removal System. This is a state-of-the-art system using elastic bands placed around the hemorrhoid to close off blood flow, eventually causing the hemorrhoid to shrink in size. The bands can be applied right in the office in just a few minutes’ time with minimal or no discomfort, and most patients can resume their regular activities the same day. Over time, scar tissue that forms as a result of the banding procedure will prevent future hemorrhoids from developing in that location causing bleeding and prolapse to subside.
Insurances and Payment
Please call to inquire about our pricing if you do not have medical insurance. Payment Policy: Financial obligations are defined by an agreement between you and your insurance company. We are bound by law to collect them. If you have a Health Savings Account/Flexible Spending Account and we can not verify, we ask you to provide credit/debit card information or make an estimated payment. We take cash, credit card, and debit card. Thank you.
Words from our patients
"He moved very efficiently, which I loved, but talked to me the entire time so that I did not feel nervous. I really appreciated how he put me at ease."
"Dr. Ng was very knowledgeable and detailed. I could not have asked for a better GI doc!"
"Dr. Ng was very thorough and personable when reviewing my symptoms and health records."
"Dr. Ng took the time to hear all of my concerns and professionally answered all of my questions. He was very informative and I would 100% recommend."