Hemorrhoids. From Normal to Abnormal
Hemorrhoids come in many shapes and sizes. They all begin life pretty much the same; as collection of connective tissue, veins, arteries and nerves. During our youthful years, hemorrhoids serve a purpose. Hemorrhoids facilitate the passage of stool through the rectum and anus. Hemorrhoids act as cushions. They are a normal part of the anal anatomy.
But as we grow and age, things can go a bit awry. The hemorrhoids become less than friendly helpers. They become intruders. For reasons as of yet unknown, the arteries may dilate. The veins may enlarge and the connective tissue may stretch and sag. From seemingly out of nowhere, these previously quiet cushions can become angry, mean enemies. This is the time when a visit to a proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon is in order.
The 8 Plagues:
There is no end to the symptoms that hemorrhoids can cause:
- Prolapse, or falling out of the anus
- A painless or painful lump
Symptoms that are not responsive to over the counter remedies, are best treated by a proctologist, also known as a coloproctologist or colon and rectal surgeon. In cities such as Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, a proctologist is your best source of information about your treatment options.
A Rubber Band To The Rescue.
When your hemorrhoids begin to misbehave, there are many methods of treatment. They range from creams and stool softeners, to injections, hemorrhoidal shots (sclerotherapy), infrared coagulation, or operations. One of the most commonly used forms of therapy involves the use of rubber bands, and is termed rubber band ligation. Although rubber bands are not used on all hemorrhoids, they can be used on those hemorrhoids that prolapse, bleed or itch. In the doctor’s office, your colon and rectal surgeon will insert a small anoscope into your anorectum and then gently slip a rubber band around the hemorrhoid. This is usually painless. However, patients occasionally report feeling mild anal pressure for 24 hours.
Over 10 days, the hemorrhoid falls off, leaving a smooth anal lining in its place. Although this method is less than 100% effective, it offers a strong chance for relief. Several banding sessions may be needed.
Where To Find Help. Los Angeles Colon And Rectal Surgical Associates
At Los Angeles Colon And Rectal Surgical Associates, physicians are available to offer guidance as to the true nature of your diagnosis and to help guide you through the maze of options. But the first step begins with you. Should you decide that you are fed up with the symptoms of hemorrhoidal disease, the best advice is to seek the help of a professional. A proctologist. Your banding can be performed in the office. Should you need more intensive therapy, this can be done at an outpatient surgicenter or at a hospital such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and West Hollywood.
However, the first step begins with you. Get the help that you need today. Call (310)273-2310 for an appointment.