A hemorrhoid is a swollen vein located near the anus or lower rectum. They can be either inside (on the anus or rectum) or outside (on the outside of the anus) of the body.
Although they can be painful and uncomfortable, hemorrhoids are fairly common and treatable. It’s estimated that 50% of adults will experience hemorrhoids before the age of 50.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it might be the result of a hemorrhoid:
It’s not entirely clear what causes hemorrhoids, but the following may contribute to the formation of hemorrhoids:
You may be at increased risk of hemorrhoids if you do a lot of heavy lifting or have other frequent strain on your body. Being overweight can also be a risk factor. Standing too much without breaks can also cause hemorrhoids, as well as consistent diarrhea. Hemorrhoids can also form during pregnancy.
Sometimes, hemorrhoids go away with treatment. However, this is not always the case, and since hemorrhoids can be painful, many people want to see a medical professional for help treating their hemorrhoids.
Dr. Ng and the team at GI Health are available to discuss non-surgical treatment options for those with hemorrhoids in New York, New York. Whether you want to try home remedies or topical treatments first or would prefer that the doctor performs an in-office procedure, the GI Health team can help. They are experienced at performing rubber band ligation, a technique that should only be performed by a medical professional, but that can quickly and effectively shrink the hemorrhoid.
The first step to treating your hemorrhoids is to schedule an appointment using the button below. Your gastroenterologist at GI Health will begin with an exam to determine the severity of your hemorrhoids and then recommend a treatment plan based on your symptoms and preferences.