Understanding hemorrhoids

istock 1296529394 Patients who have inflamed, swollen veins in the area of the anus and rectum may be diagnosed with a condition known as “hemorrhoids.” Hemorrhoids are a common cause of pain and discomfort for the patients who have them, and if they are left untreated, they can become more problematic, sometimes causing rectal bleeding or increasing one’s chances of developing anal cancer or colon cancer. Treatment with a reliable professional such as those at the Metropolitan Vascular Institute of Waldorf, MD is needed in many instances. 

What exactly are hemorrhoids? 

Hemorrhoids are veins that may be located internally or externally and can cause significant discomfort. They can make it difficult to sit correctly or may cause inflammation that impairs one’s ability to utilize the bathroom as needed. This problem can develop for many different reasons, including pregnancy or aging, and should be addressed by a professional when they develop. 

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids? 

Some of the symptoms a patient encounters depends on the type of hemorrhoids and the severity of them, but below are some of the most common signs noticed in patients who have them present: 

  •         Rectal bleeding when passing feces
  •         Itching of the rectum and anus
  •         Pain and discomfort during bowel movements
  •         Pain while sitting
  •         Visible lumps around the anus
  •         Irritation, pain, and redness around the anus

Patients should seek the help of a professional if they suspect hemorrhoids to get a proper diagnosis and discuss effective treatment options based on their unique needs. 

What treatment options are available for patients with hemorrhoids? 

At the Metropolitan Vascular Institute, Waldorf, MD area patients can speak to a professional about treatment for their hemorrhoids based on the size, location, and severity. Patients may be advised to consider the following treatment options: 

  •         Minimally-invasive laser therapy
  •         Topical solutions including hemorrhoid medication
  •         Sitz baths
  •         Laxative use
  •         Infrared coagulation (IRC)
  •         Surgeries to remove the veins

Worried about  hemorrhoids? 

If you are dealing with hemorrhoids and are seeking a solution to the pain and discomfort, it may be time to visit the team at Metropolitan Vascular Institute. Our facility in Waldorf, MD is here to help at 3015 Technology Place, Suite #100 and accepts new patients who call the office at (301) 374-8540 for an appointment.

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