Hemorrhoids are quite common, affecting one in 20 adults until the age of 50, when your risk significantly increases. It’s estimated that half of all women and men over the age of 50 have hemorrhoids. The board-certified gastroenterologists and medical team at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates located in Douglaston, New York, are experts in several types of hemorrhoid treatments and specialize in painless hemorrhoid removal using the advanced CRH O’Regan System®. To get relief from your hemorrhoid symptoms, call Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates, or schedule an appointment online today.
Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins in your rectum or around your anus. The veins become swollen from excessive pressure that’s often caused by sitting on the toilet too long, straining during bowel movements, lifting heavy objects, and pregnancy.
Hemorrhoids that develop in the rectal lining, called internal hemorrhoids, may not cause symptoms. However, their primary symptom is bright red blood that you’ll see in the toilet or on toilet paper after a bowel movement. Internal hemorrhoids may become painful when straining forces them out through the anal opening.
External hemorrhoids, which affect veins in the skin around your anus, typically cause pain and itching. These hemorrhoids can also develop a blood clot, causing sudden, severe pain.
Following a high-fiber diet often alleviates painful hemorrhoids by making it easier to pass stool through the rectum and anus. You may also get symptom relief with over-the-counter suppositories and analgesic hemorrhoid creams.
If self-care treatments don’t help, the team at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates provides several very effective and painless procedures. They’re experts in the advanced CRH O’Regan System®, a nonsurgical, minimally invasive hemorrhoid banding treatment for internal hemorrhoids.
Traditional hemorrhoid banding is done using a device that grabs the affected tissue and pulls it out from the anal wall so a rubber band can be placed around the hemorrhoid. This treatment is effective but known for causing post-procedure pain.
By comparison, the CRH O’Regan System uses suction to gently pull the tissue into a specialized device that slides a rubber band around the hemorrhoid. Since the band is placed away from nerve endings, patients don’t have pain.
The CRH O’Regan procedure takes about one minute and you’ll recover within 24 hours. By comparison, traditional hemorrhoid banding takes 5-10 minutes and up to three days of recovery.
While banding is the preferred treatment because it safely cuts off blood flow and shrinks the hemorrhoids, the doctors at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates also perform painless cautery and, in severe cases, surgery to remove hemorrhoids.
If you need treatment for hemorrhoids, call Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.