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February 24, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

How your gastroenterologists in Houston, TX, can help with hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can be both uncomfortable, embarrassing, and be quite tough to talk about. Here at Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants, your GI specialists understand this and want to help. They have several convenient office locations across Houston, TX to help you find relief from hemorrhoid pain.

First, a few basic facts about hemorrhoids:

  • They are caused by increased pressure to the veins lying just underneath the lining of the rectum and anus.
  • The increased pressure can be caused by pregnancy, being obese, or straining during a bowel movement.
  • Symptoms of hemorrhoids include rectal pain, bleeding, and itching. Sometimes hemorrhoids can protrude through the anal canal, a condition known as prolapse.
  • There are two types of hemorrhoids: internal hemorrhoids, which occur in the lower rectum, and external hemorrhoids which develop around the anus.
  • Hemorrhoids are a common problem, because about half the population will suffer from them by the time they turn 50.

Fortunately, hemorrhoids can be effectively treated. The GI specialists at Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants offer the revolutionary CRH O’Regan System to get rid of hemorrhoids permanently.

The system uses a procedure called hemorrhoid banding. Suction is used to place a band on the base of the hemorrhoid. Blood supply is cut off and the hemorrhoid begins to shrink. The hemorrhoid will eventually fall off in a few days.

There are many benefits to this type of hemorrhoid procedure. Consider that the CRH O’Regan System:

  • Is painless
  • Takes just minutes
  • Requires no prep or sedation
  • Has no downtime

To view an informative video about the CRH O'Regan System, please visit the Hemorrhoid Treatment section on the website at http://www.houstontxgi.com/hemorrhoids.html

You don’t have to suffer from hemorrhoid pain and embarrassment. Your GI specialist can help you get rid of hemorrhoids for good. To learn more, call the GI specialists at Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants in Houston, TX, today by dialing 713-777-2555.

By Houston Digestive Diseases Consultants
September 07, 2016
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

Hemorrhoids are a big pain in the butt, literally. They are particularly frustrating to manage because they're located in a place that you use very often. If you have recurring issues with hemorrhoids, take the time to learn more about what causes them, how you can treat them and how to avoid them altogether.

What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are painful veiny lumps that develop around the anus. They form due to pressure on the veins around the rectum and pelvis area. You can have either external or internal hemorrhoids (or both). Internal hemorrhoids develop inside of the anus, while external ones grow outside of the opening. Both are extremely painful. You can clearly tell when you have external hemorrhoids because you can see or feel them bulging from the anal area. If you see blood, or mucus, in your stool or the toilet after going to the bathroom, that is a possible sign of internal hemorrhoids.

Straining when having a bowel movement mostly causes hemorrhoids. Pushing hard to expel feces causes those veins to enlarge and become swollen. So if you have ongoing issues with constipation, this could be a chronic issue. Having a baby can also cause hemorrhoids because the mother must strain to push out her baby. Sitting for long periods of time in an uncomfortable position, such as on a rock or the cement, could also put undue pressure on the anal muscles, causing hemorrhoids.

Side Effects
While hemorrhoids do not usually present a serious medical concern, they can cause a number of negative side effects related to the pain. Knowing that a bowel movement will be painful could make you avoid moving your bowels regularly. Also, just sitting at a desk for work could become more of a chore than you ever imagine.

An over-the-counter or prescribed hemorrhoid cream is the usual solution for hemorrhoids. The cream slowly reduces the swelling. In more serious situations, a doctor may have to place bands at the base of the protruding veins to reduce their size slowly or perform a surgery. A hemorrhoidectomy is the traditional surgery, where the tissue is removed while a hemorrhoidopexy staples the tissue in a particular position so that hemorrhoids no longer form around the anus.

Have a Comfortable Seat
You may be able to manage most hemorrhoid pain without going to the doctor with natural solutions. Try sitting in a bath of warm water (also called a sitz bath) for about a half an hour. Do not sit on hard surfaces or even on chairs that are firm -- sit on a pillow or a doughnut. If possible, do not sit at all -- lay down on your side instead while dealing with a hemorrhoid. Avoid straining when going to the bathroom and to avoid future problems with constipation, eat foods high in fiber and exercise more.