Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum and anus. This can sometimes lead to:
- Bleeding (typically with bowel movements)
- Chronic pain and swelling
- Prolapse (internal hemorrhoids sticking out)
- Thrombosis, causing severe, acute pain.
Treatment for hemorrhoids includes both non-surgical and surgical techniques, including same-day appointment options. Some types of hemorrhoids can even be removed with minimal discomfort using outpatient procedures in the office.
Patients often suffer and put off care for too long due to misdiagnosis or embarrassment. It is important to get the right diagnosis to ultimately obtain the right treatment. If you have anal pain or bleeding that does not go away or worsens, it is important to see a doctor. The right diagnosis can help connect you with the right treatment and relieve your pain.
Anal pain is often caused by one of a few different problems. Common reasons include the following:
- Fungal infection or sexually transmitted infection
- Skin conditions, such as dermatitis of the anal skin, warts or a number of other conditions
- Thrombosed external hemorrhoid, which may present as a large painful mass that suddenly appears
- Anal fissure, a small rip or tear in the anal canal
- Anal abscess, a pus-filled infected cavity near the rectum. This can sometimes form a non-healing tunnel called a fistula. Surgery is often needed to correct this problem. Our specialized time offers a wide variety of procedures to manage simple, complex and recurrent anal infections.
- Anal cancer, with persistent symptoms such as bleeding, discomfort or a growth should be evaluated
Rectal prolapse is condition where the bottom part of your colon (rectum) turns inside out and is visible outside the body. While rarely dangerous, this can be a distressing problem. Overtime, prolapse can continue to stretch the anal sphincter muscles that assist with urine and bowel control. Our specialized surgeons can help determine if you are a good candidate for surgery, and procedures are personalized to each patient’s need. Surgeons with Ascension Medical Group Providence were proud to have performed the first robotic ventral rectopexy in Mobile, Alabama.