Hemorrhoids are a normal part of the human anatomy. They occur regularly around the anus and rectum and are simply enlarged veins. They can occur either on the inside or the outside of the body, and can be quite painful. It is estimated that more than half of adults have experienced hemorrhoidal flares by the age of 50. The main cause of hemorrhoids is unknown. In pregnant women, the expanding uterus presses on the colon, causing frequent hemorrhoids. In other adults, it is thought that straining during a bowel movement and sitting too long on the toilet may be factors. It is also recommended that adults eat a diet high in fiber and whole grains to help prevent hemorrhoids. There are many ways to treat hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoidal banding, also known as HBL (hemorrhoid band ligation) is a simple office procedure that quickly and effectively gets rid of the internal types of hemorrhoid. Internal types of hemorrhoids fit into four distinct classes, three of which are treatable by HBL, the largest (Grade IV) hemorrhoids, may require surgery because of their chronic prolapse.
The hemorrhoid banding procedure involves the use of rubber bands to reduce and minimize hemorrhoids, shrinking and eradicating them. It may require a few office visits to get rid of the hemorrhoids entirely.
Symptoms of hemorrhoids include itching around the anus, pain (in some cases, patients may be unable to sit), painful bowel movements, blood, mucus and fecal leakage.
If you are suffering from frequent hemorrhoids and would like to eradicate them in a quick, simple office procedure, call the professional staff at CTColorectal Center at (203) 281-7000 make an appointment. We can also discuss preventative measures and other forms of treatment to get you pain-free and feeling great again.