Hemorrhoids are a very common condition caused by swollen veins in the anal canal. They frequently cause pain, bleeding, rectal irritation and itching. It affects all people especially pregnant women and people who sit for long periods of time. Chronic constipation and dry stool that is hard to pass is often a major causative factor.
Hemorrhoids may be external or internal. External hemorrhoids look and feel like soft pads of tissue just outside the anus. They can sometimes cause severe throbbing pain when a blood clot forms in them. This is called a thrombosed hemorrhoid. Internal hemorrhoids are usually caused by a cluster of swollen veins on the inside along the anal canal. These are not visible by patients and usually cause bright red bleeding. Bleeding from this area may sometimes be caused by a fissure which is a small break in the skin and not related to hemorrhoids.
Another option available for treating hemorrhoids involves a technique called ‘banding’. This is a more permanent solution that takes care of the problem – not just the symptom. The procedure involves the use of small rubber bands that are placed around the hemorrhoid cutting off its blood supply and effectively removing them. This procedure can be done easily in the office without the need for anesthesia and takes less than 15 minutes.
In our office we use the CRH O’Regan System which is a comfortable and simple method for treated hemorrhoids. Ask our doctors if you are a candidate for this procedure. http://www.crhsystem.com/