You don’t have to sit still for hemorrhoids
Did you know that by age 50, about half of people will experience hemorrhoids? If you’re one of them – and you’ve had enough of the burning, itching and pain – call us today. Treatment is available on an outpatient basis, and can help you feel comfortable again. So take a stand against the misery of hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids occur when the veins or blood vessels in and around your anus and lower rectum become swollen and irritated. Hemorrhoids are often a result of straining during bowel movements or from having chronic constipation or diarrhea. Many women also get hemorrhoids from pregnancy and childbirth. The pressure of carrying a baby in your abdomen strains the blood vessels in your pelvic area.
Symptoms typically include pain and itching, which can usually be treated with over-the-counter medications. For some people, drinking adequate amounts of water, eating a high fiber diet and taking over-the-counter remedies are enough to treat hemorrhoids. However, it is time to see a doctor when the pain is severe, you experience rectal bleeding, feel a lump or if you are experiencing recurrent hemorrhoids.
The surgeon removes these painful swollen veins by making small incisions around the anus. It is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day.
A general surgeon cares for patients needing surgery on the abdomen, skin, breast, soft tissues, esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, gallbladder, and bile ducts, among other organs.
Our general surgeons partner with patients to develop appropriate treatment plans. They take the time to listen to patients and help translate medical terms in a way that makes it easier to understand choices. Call 618-998-7155 for more information.
Dr. Claffey is a member of the medical staff at Heartland Regional Medical Center. Patient results may vary. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of any surgical procedure or treatment.