Hemorrhoids Specialist in Houston TX
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal. In their normal state, these veins provide cushioning during bowel movements. They can, however, swell after lifting, straining, constipation, passing of hard stools or diarrhea, or pregnancy. Hemorrhoids are not life-threatening, but they can be painful. If swelling persists, the veins may become permanently stretched (prolapsed). If you suffer from hemorrhoids in Houston TX, call Dr. Adeyefa today to schedule an appointment.
Types of Hemorrhoids
There are two kinds of hemorrhoids: internal and external. The dentate line along the circular anus muscle divides the interior nerve canal, which has no nerve endings, from the anal opening and exterior areas, which do have nerve endings. Hemorrhoids that form in the anal canal are thus called internal hemorrhoids, whereas those outside the anal opening are called external hemorrhoids. External hemorrhoids are typically more uncomfortable at first because there are nerves present in the area where they form. However, internal hemorrhoids often swell beyond the dentate line, causing pain and other problems.
Symptoms of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoid symptoms vary in type and severity depending on such factors as a person’s age, anatomy and heredity, and the duration of the problem. The most common symptoms are bleeding, itching, burning, discomfort during bowel movements, and a feeling of fullness or of a mass in or on the anus.
Treatment for Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids should be treated only if they are painful or cause complications. To choose an appropriate treatment, the cause or causes need to be determined. Making changes to diet and fluid intake, toilet habits and exercise can relieve symptoms and prevent recurrence. Relief can also be found by treating related problems, such as diarrhea and constipation, that irritate the hemorrhoid(s) and affected areas.
Beyond this, treatment depends on the type and severity of the hemorrhoid, as well as how it has responded to any previous treatment. Hemorrhoids are divided into four grades (stages) depending on their history. Grade I and II hemorrhoids are usually treated nonsurgically, whereas Grades III and IV are more likely to be treated surgically. The treatment offered at our practice is Infrared Coagulation.
If you are experiencing symptoms of hemorrhoids, visit Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.