Hemorrhoids Specialist

Southwest Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologist located in Goodyear, AZ

Hemorrhoids can cause itching, pain, and swelling that makes everyday activities awkward and uncomfortable. At Southwest Gastroenterology in Goodyear, Arizona, experienced gastroenterologists treat hemorrhoids safely and efficiently, ensuring they no longer disrupt your life. Book an appointment today to find the relief you need with a physician you can trust.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What causes hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, which are also called piles, are swollen veins in the rectum and anus that can appear as lumps or sacs of skin. Sometimes they occur inside your body, and other times they protrude from the anus. While hemorrhoids are common, they can also cause extreme discomfort for some.

Many different factors can cause hemorrhoids to develop, but the most common causes are:

  • Straining during a bowel movement
  • Extended periods of time sitting on the toilet
  • Gastrointestinal disorders that cause frequent constipation or diarrhea
  • Not eating enough fiber
  • Having anal intercourse

If you’re pregnant or obese, you might also be more likely to develop hemorrhoids.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

Sometimes hemorrhoids cause no symptoms at all, while other times they can create extreme pain and discomfort. The common signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Bleeding from the anus
  • Itching around the anus
  • Sharp, stabbing sensations in the anus
  • Swelling of the rectum

Internal hemorrhoids, which are inside the rectum, usually don’t cause pain. Underwear, bowel movements, or using toilet paper, however, can irritate external hemorrhoids.

What are hemorrhoid treatment options?

There are numerous ways to treat hemorrhoids, depending on how much pain or discomfort they’re causing. A few options include:

Home remedies or lifestyle changes

Your Southwest Gastroenterology physician can help you learn new habits to prevent hemorrhoids from getting worse or causing pain. That may include dietary changes, drinking more water, taking sitz baths, or using ice compresses.

Medication

If your hemorrhoids are causing extreme itching or pain, you might benefit from over-the-counter or prescription steroid creams or other topical ointments. These reduce swelling and itching.

Procedures / Surgery

In more extreme cases, you might be a candidate for hemorrhoid removal surgery. This procedure, however, can come with a painful recovery period and doesn’t guarantee new hemorrhoids won’t form later.

Boasting one of the area’s most experienced gastroenterology teams, Southwest Gastroenterology can create a hemorrhoid treatment plan that suits your needs.

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