Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lower rectum or anus. By age 50, about half of the population will have experienced this sometimes painful condition, which results from an increase in pressure inside the veins of the rectum. Common causes include constipation, pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, heavy lifting, sitting for long periods and diarrhea.
There are two types of hemorrhoids, based on location. Internal hemorrhoids occur inside the lower rectum and might not be seen or felt. This form is typically painless. The only symptoms you may notice are small amounts of bright red blood (on your toilet paper or inside the toilet bowl) or a feeling of fullness following a bowel movement.
Occasionally, internal hemorrhoids push through the anal opening. This is known as a prolapsed, or protruding hemorrhoid. These swollen veins may remain prolapsed temporarily or they may become permanent. If they remain outside the anus, they can cause pain, itching, bleeding and the formation of excess skin (skin tag). External hemorrhoids occur as bulges or lumps around the anus. Because of the sensitive nerves in this area, enlarged, bulging veins are often painful, especially when sitting. They may also bleed and itch.
We perform hemorrhoid banding, also known as rubber-band ligation, right in our offices. There is no special preparation needed, and it takes less than a minute. We use the patented FDA-approved CRH O’Regan System, which is arguably the most efficient and comfortable treatment for internal hemorrhoids. Ninety-five percent of hemorrhoid sufferers can benefit from this simple, safe, in-office procedure. There is virtually no pain or recovery time. At Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County, our gastroenterologists have years of experience in hemorrhoids treatment.
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