Around half of all American adults over the age of 50 suffer from hemorrhoids. At Gastroenterology Consultants of West Houston, PLLC in Katy, Texas, skilled gastroenterologist Hyon Kang, DO, can diagnose and treat your hemorrhoids promptly to get you out of pain fast. Book your appointment by phone today or through the online scheduling tool at your convenience.
Hemorrhoids are inflamed and enlarged veins in your rectum and anus. You can develop internal hemorrhoids (inside your rectum), external hemorrhoids (in the skin surrounding your anal opening), or both. If a hemorrhoid moves outside the anal opening, it's called a prolapsed hemorrhoid.
Hemorrhoids can develop when there's too much pressure in your rectum. Many things can cause this, including:
In many cases, you can prevent hemorrhoids with Dr. Kang's help. If you're dealing with hemorrhoid symptoms now, Dr. Kang can diagnose and treat you promptly.
Hemorrhoid symptoms are usually most obvious after bowel movements but can happen at any time. Common hemorrhoid symptoms include one or more of the following issues around your anal entrance:
These symptoms warrant immediate attention. Dr. Kang can relieve your hemorrhoid symptoms and prevent the problem from worsening.
Dr. Kang treats hemorrhoids on a case-by-case basis.
Often, some lifestyle changes like eating more fiber (or adding fiber supplements), taking extra care to clean the anus properly, applying ointment regularly, and Epsom salt baths relieve hemorrhoid symptoms.
In some cases, you might need minimally invasive procedures like rubber band ligation, which ties your hemorrhoids off to stop their blood supply. Other minimally invasive procedures can include sclerotherapy, in which Dr. Kang injects a sclerosing solution that irritates your hemorrhoid and triggers its shrinkage, and laser coagulation to force your hemorrhoids to harden and shrink.
It's quite rare to need surgery for hemorrhoids. But, if lifestyle changes and minimally invasive procedures don't work for you, Dr. Kang can perform a procedure like a hemorrhoidectomy to remove the hemorrhoid tissue surgically. Another option for internal hemorrhoids is stapled hemorrhoidopexy, in which Dr. Kang staples the hemorrhoids to stop the blood feeding the hemorrhoids.
Dr. Kang works with you to find the ideal solution for hemorrhoid problems.
To get help for hemorrhoids, call the Gastroenterology Consultants of West Houston, PLLC office, or book your appointment online today.