Rectal Pain Specialist

Ronald Ambe, MD -  - Proctologist

Ronald Ambe, MD

Proctologist & Colorectal Surgeon located in Kingwood, TX

You may do everything possible to ignore your rectal pain, but your discomfort may be a sign of a health condition that requires medical attention. Dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care, Ronald Ambe, MD, a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon at Texas Surgical Care in Kingwood, Texas, can determine the cause of your rectal pain and provide treatment to alleviate your discomfort. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Rectal Pain Q & A

What is rectal pain?

Rectal pain is common and refers to any discomfort you experience in your anal or rectal area. Because this area of your body contains many nerve endings, the pain sensation you feel may be severe. 

In addition to the rectal pain, you may also experience:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Itching
  • Stinging
  • Burning

Despite the extreme discomfort and range of symptoms, most causes of rectal pain aren’t serious, and Texas Surgical Care can easily diagnose it. 

What causes rectal pain?

Rectal pain may develop from many causes. The most common include:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Anal fissure
  • Anal fistula
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Anal sex
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Anal cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Trauma

Though you may be able to treat some of these conditions with at-home care, most require medical intervention. 

When should I seek medical help for rectal pain?

You should seek immediate medical help for your rectal pain if you’re also experiencing severe rectal bleeding with your pain. You also need immediate medical attention if your rectal pain worsens and radiates to other areas of your body.

Contact Texas Surgical Care if your rectal pain doesn’t improve after a few days of at-home care, or your rectal pain includes bleeding or a change in bowel habits.

What happens during an evaluation for rectal pain?

Dr. Ambe is an experienced surgeon who takes a holistic approach to care, evaluating your whole health, not just your symptoms. 

During your evaluation, Dr. Ambe reviews your symptoms, medical and medication history, family history, usual diet, and daily exercise habits. Dr. Ambe then performs a physical exam, which may include a digital rectal exam and a visual examination of your anus. 

To confirm or rule out a suspected cause of your rectal pain, Dr. Ambe may request diagnostic testing, such as blood work, ultrasound, colonoscopy, or flexible sigmoidoscopy.

Based on the information gathered during your evaluation, Dr. Ambe develops a personalized treatment plan aimed at treating the underlying cause of your rectal pain, alleviating your symptoms, and preventing a recurrence.

Rectal pain is a common pain complaint that may develop from a range of causes. To get the answers you need, contact Texas Surgical Care by phone or book an appointment online today.