Hemorrhoids are dilated (enlarged) veins that occur in and around the anus and rectum. They may be external (outside the anus) or internal (inside the rectum). Internal hemorrhoids can e felt and seen as lumps or knots while internal hemorrhoids cannot be felt or seen.
There are multiple causes of hemorrhoids, which in various ways all cause an increase in pressure in the lower rectum, leading to the dilation (enlargement) of veins. Some common causes include:
Hemorrhoids can produce several uncomfortable, but non-serious problems. These can include:
If hemorrhoids are suspected, an anoscopy, an in-office visual and tactile exam of the anus and rectum, can be performed to determine the presence and extent of internal and/or external hemorrhoids, as well as rule out other conditions.
There are a number of ways to treat hemorrhoids based on the severity, including lifestyle modification, medication, minimally invasive procedures, and surgery.
Minimally invasive procedures:
Here is a list of just some of the plans we accept, please contact our office if you have any questions.
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