Some Signs You Are Suffering From Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids, in the rectum, occur when the veins are not returning enough blood back to the heart. When this happens, the vein walls do not receive enough oxygen and release a substance into the blood that causes them swell and become inflamed. This swelling weakens them and their more likely to break when they are rubbed, like during a bowel movement.

If your stools are hard, you have a higher chance of breaking a swelling vein. For this reason getting your stools softer is one step in clearing your hemorrhoids. You can do this by eating a diet and using remedies that help relieve constipation.

On the inside just above the muscle that closes the anus and into to the rectum. They are near the surface of the rectum mucus membrane. On the outside, they occur on the skin that surround the anus and protrude or hang outward.

In a way, hemorrhoids can be considered varicose veins of the rectum. Just like varicose veins in the legs, the rectum veins become enlarged and come to the skin surface and bulge out.

Hemorrhoids occur when you are constipated for long periods, sit for long hours, lift heavy items, or are pregnant.

If you’re constipated, you’re probably having a difficult time having a bowel movement. And when you do, your stools are usually small, hard, and dry. If you have to push and strain or sit on the toilet for 10-15 minutes, then expect to have hemorrhoids at some point. Two to three minutes is all you normally need to have a natural bowel movement. Hemorrhoids are a sign that fecal matter is not passing through your colon like it should. Simple hemorrhoids are not dangerous to your health, but hemorrhoids that have been building for a while will cause you some discomfort, such as:

  • Mucus discharge
  • Bleeding showing up in your stools or dripping into the toilet water
  • Itching on the outside of the rectum
  • Pain in the rectum area and during a bowel movement
  • Pain in the rectum area, when you sit
  • Soft bulging area in the rectum or anus that give you a sensation that something is there

It is important to be aware of any growth in the rectum, bleeding during a bowel movement, and a change in your stools color. Then take action to take care of these changes.

We recommend Infrared Coagulation (IRC). A gentle and easy to perform procedure, IRC can help eliminate your hemorrhoid problem. Unlike other solutions with IRC you will have no downtime from work and will be able to perform all your daily activities the same day.

Please contact us to learn how you can set an appointment. 

All You Need To Know About Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are more common than you may think. Experts estimate that at any time 4.4% of the US population or 10 million  people suffer from hemorrhoids, with nearly 50% of Americans dealing with hemorrhoids in their lifetime. Hemorrhoids are caused by the swelling of rectum veins. To give you a visual idea it is very similar to varicose veins that you sometimes see on people’s legs. There are  two types of hemorrhoids- external hemorrhoids and internal hemorrhoids.

Types of hemorrhoids

As the name says, internal hemorrhoids affects the internal rectal region. In the case of internal hemorrhoids the veins causes rectal bleeding due to the enlargement of the veins.

In the case of external hemorrhoids the symptoms are felt outside the body like a burning sensation around the anus area. This will often cause itching and blood when passing of stool.  A warm bath can give you some relief from external hemorrhoids. For this you have to sit in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes.  Another option for relief is to use an ice pack on the affected area.

The commonly known hemorrhoids symptoms are:

  • Itching in rectal area
  • Swelling of anus or inner anus area
  • Obstruction in passing stools
  • Formation of blood clots in the inner side of anus,
  • Strangulated lumps-prolapsed from anus (This is an advance stage of an internal hemorrhoid)

Why do we get hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids occurrence are increased base off of  the diet one eats, their bowel habits, abdominal disorders and even working conditions. We find that those who sit for extended periods of time often suffer with hemorrhoids. This includes truck drivers, airline pilots, and even office workers.

Treatments for hemorrhoids.

The most common treatments for  hemorrhoids are injection therapy, hemorrhoidectomy, rubber band ligation, and  infrared coagulation (IRC). IRC is gaining popularity due to its non surgical solution to ridding one of hemorrhoids. Unlike other options, IRC does not force a person to lose anytime from work.

If you are suffering from hemorrhoids ask your physician if IRC is an option for you.

The Best Way To Treat Hemorrhoids

A question often asked by patients suffering with hemorrhoids is, “what is the best way to treat this problem?”

Lucky for them Hemorrhoids are very much treatable. They can be treated by natural ways and medical treatment. Severe hemorrhoids can only be treated by surgery.

Hemorrhoids are described as a condition in which an itching or painful mass of dilated veins in swollen anal tissue occurs. Hemorrhoids or piles are the medical terms used for the condition of varicosity or swelling and inflammation of veins in the rectum and anus. Internal hemorrhoids are classified as first-degree, second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree.

First there are some ways to get temporary hemorrhoid relief. We often recommend a warm sitz bath using a bidet, extendable shower head, cold compress, or topical analgesic like Preparation H, to provide instant hemorrhoid relief.

A sufferer should keep the area clean and dry using hemorrhoids creams or suppositories. Most creams or suppositories used in the treatment of hemorrhoids are directed at reducing the pain and itching symptoms. If you are having pain that you know is from hemorrhoids, but no bleeding, home treatment may be all that is needed.

Those who are suffering with a severe case of hemorrhoids no longer have to worry about a continued use of those messy ointments or even expensive surgery with extensive recovery time.

One of the most modern treatments for this common dilemma is a non-surgical treatment known as infrared coagulation (IRC).This painless and non-invasive treatment is gaining rapid acceptance for outpatient treatment of internal first and second-degree hemorrhoids and some third degree.

How does IRC work?

A special bulb provides high intensity infrared light that coagulates vessels and tethers the mucosa to subcutaneous tissues. The flat tip probe measures 6 mm in diameter and is applied for 1.5 – 2 seconds three to eight times to a localized area of hemorrhoids. Generally only one section of the hemorrhoids is treated per visit. Patients generally have two to four areas that need treatment and so have to return several times at weekly to monthly intervals until all have been controlled. Infrared coagulation is quick (10-15 minutes a visit), effective, and painless, and patients can return to work immediately or the next day.

IRC is the gentle solution to this commonplace problem.

Because fourth-degree and some third-degree hemorrhoids may not be treatable by IRC, it is best to visit a physician and have hemorrhoids detected as early as possible. Now that IRC is available as a treatment there is no reason to fear if you have hemorrhoids.

Examples Of How IRC Helps Those Who Suffer From Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids represent one of the most common complaints heard by family physicians. Each year approximately 10.5 million Americans experience hemorrhoidal symptoms. They are the bane of pregnant women, overweight people, and a large percentage of the American population over the age of 30. In fact, hemorrhoids will strike at least 50 percent of the population, according to national statistics. That’s a lot of people suffering from this nasty condition.

Although, there are ways that people can prevent the onset of hemorrhoids, or help reduce the pain caused by them, some patients may end up needing surgery. For years, physicians and patients have been awaiting a surgical treatment for hemorrhoids that causes less pain and a shorter recovery period than traditional procedures. Now we have one. It is called Infrared Coagulation Technology (IRC). Traditional surgery is done below this line, causing the patient a lot of pain for a long time after surgery.

Here are some examples of what folks who suffer from hemorrhoids deal with and the great results after the IRC treatment. 

Many times we will see that male and female patients being forced to wear a sanitary pad due to symptoms of rectal  bleeding and discharge.  After treatment with IRC, the patient’s symptoms clears and does not have to wear sanitary pads anymore.

We even find at times there are people who are afraid to go out in public due to “accidents” of rectal bleeding from severe hemorrhoids.  After IRC, the bleeding stops! We have seen patients who have so much rectal pain from hemorrhoids, that they cannot sit down without some form of cushion.  After treatment with IRC, the patient pain is completely gone and they no longer have to use a cushion anymore.

There are cases where every morning some patients go through a “ritual” just to go to the bathroom and clean themselves.  For purpose of hygiene, they have to take a shower or use wet clothes because of the extra prolapsed hemorrhoid tissue.  After IRC, the hemorrhoids shrink in size to the point, the patient’s quality of life is drastically improved and they do not have to go through morning ritual.

Patients frequently report the sensation of incomplete emptying, slow bowels, or constipation.  After a course of IRC, most report “easier BM’s”.

Some typical patients include women who have had babies, people with occupations that require prolonged sitting such as truck drivers, airline pilots, and administrative personnel.  We also see factory workers who do a lot of prolonged standing and people with bowel syndromes causing diarrhea and constipation.

IRC is highly effective with a 95% improvement rate, eliminating or drastically reducing symptoms and improving quality of life. Please contact us to find out how we can give you the “gentle solution”.