Hemorrhoids are an uncomfortable condition that develops when blood vessels swell up in and around the anus and lower rectum. While hemorrhoids usually improve on their own with home remedies and care, sometimes they are severe enough to need medical intervention. Gabriel Akopian, MD, performs all the common surgical treatments for hemorrhoids at his Pasadena, California, office, including a variety of painless, minimally invasive options. To schedule an appointment, use the online scheduling tool or call the office today.
Hemorrhoids, sometimes called piles, are swollen blood vessels in the anus and lower rectum. Sometimes this is the result of straining on the toilet, or from the pressure created by pregnancy, but many people have hemorrhoids for no clear reason. Hemorrhoids are very common and can be uncomfortable, but fortunately, there are multiple effective options for treating them.
Hemorrhoid symptoms are different depending on their location, but general signs you have hemorrhoids include:
Internal hemorrhoids occur inside the rectum, and therefore people rarely see or feel them. However, continuing to strain with an internal hemorrhoid can cause it to prolapse, or protrude from the anus, which can be very painful.
External hemorrhoids are under the skin around the anus and may bleed when irritated. In some cases, a complication called a thrombosed hemorrhoid can cause a painful lump to appear near your anus.
While hemorrhoids can be painful and unpleasant, you have an array of effective treatment options. Most people can treat their hemorrhoids with simple home remedies like:
If your hemorrhoids are more recurrent or severe, Dr. Akopian may recommend one of several treatments to relieve them. One of the more common techniques he uses is called rubber band ligation, or hemorrhoid banding, where a band is used to ease symptoms by stopping blood flow to the hemorrhoid.
In addition to the traditional surgery used, a hemorrhoidectomy, Dr. Akopian performs hemorrhoid energy therapy (HET) and transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD). HET and THD are state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures that cause the least pain of any surgical option to remove hemorrhoids.
If your hemorrhoids are too severe for home remedies, call Dr. Akopian’s office today or make an appointment online.