Like many people, you may find your hemorrhoids an embarrassing condition and try many home remedies to alleviate your symptoms. However, you don’t need to be embarrassed or prolong your suffering. At Texas Surgical Care in Kingwood, Texas, board-certified colon and rectal surgeon Ronald Ambe, MD, offers a variety of treatment options to alleviate your hemorrhoid symptoms and help you get back to your usual self faster. Call the office or request an appointment through the online booking tool.
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins found in your anal and rectal area. Also known as piles, hemorrhoids are common and affect an estimated half of all adults age 50 and over.
The veins in your anal and rectal area swell due to an increase in pressure, which may be caused by:
Because your anal tissue stretches and weakens as you get older, your risk of developing hemorrhoids increases with age.
There are two types of hemorrhoids, which are classified based on location. The types include:
Internal hemorrhoids are on the lining of your internal anal area or rectum. With internal hemorrhoids, you may experience painless bleeding. However, your internal hemorrhoids may prolapse (push through the opening of your anus), which may lead to pain.
External hemorrhoids are under the skin around your anus. With these hemorrhoids, you may experience itching, irritation, pain, or bleeding.
If a blood clot develops in your external hemorrhoid, then you have what’s referred to as a thrombosed hemorrhoid, which can be very painful.
Dr. Ambe at Texas Surgical Care understands the sensitive nature of hemorrhoids, and you can expect a professional and thorough evaluation.
During your appointment, Dr. Ambe reviews your symptoms, medical history, medication use, and diet. He then performs a physical exam, which may include a digital examination and visual examination of your hemorrhoids.
Dr. Ambe develops personalized treatment plans for hemorrhoids that provide you the most effective relief from your symptoms.
Initially, he may recommend lifestyle changes, such as eating more fiber and drinking more water, not sitting on the toilet for an extended period of time, and a bowel regimen to improve diarrhea or constipation. He may also recommend topical ointments to alleviate symptoms.
If your hemorrhoids are severe or conservative measures fail to improve your symptoms, Dr. Ambe may suggest surgical intervention, such as:
Hemorrhoids can affect your daily life, but with the right treatment, you can get relief from your symptoms. Contact Texas Surgical Care by phone or book an appointment online today.