How your gastroenterologists in Greenbelt, MD, can help when you have hemorrhoids
If you suffer from hemorrhoids, you already know how disruptive they can be. Unfortunately, they are also very common. In fact, over half of people have experienced hemorrhoids by the time they turn 50. If you are one of them, your gastroenterologist can help.
Dr. Sushil Rattan and Dr. Radman Mostaghim of GI Med Health in Greenbelt, MD, provide a wide range of gastroenterology services, including treatment for hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are caused by pressure on the veins in the lining of the rectum and anus. The pressure can occur from sitting for long periods of time. Truck drivers are especially at risk of developing hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids can be very painful and can take a long time to resolve on their own. They can also be embarrassing, occasionally causing severe bleeding which can show through clothing.
You are at increased risk of suffering from hemorrhoids if you:
- Are pregnant
- Are obese
- Have an occupation that causes you to sit for a prolonged period
If you develop a small hemorrhoid, you can try an over-the-counter medicated hemorrhoid cream, which can shrink the hemorrhoid.
Larger hemorrhoids should be treated by your gastroenterologist. One of the most common treatments for hemorrhoids is hemorrhoid banding.
For this procedure, a band is placed at the base of the hemorrhoid. This band cuts off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid, causing it to shrink. Within a few days of banding, the hemorrhoid falls off.
Hemorrhoid banding is a great way to get rid of hemorrhoids permanently, and it offers additional benefits. Hemorrhoid banding is:
- Painless, and requires no sedation
- Quick, with treatment completed in a few minutes
- Easy, requiring no preparation for the procedure
- Convenient, requiring no downtime
Hemorrhoids can be painful and embarrassing, but you don’t have to suffer. Relief is just a phone call away. To learn more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of hemorrhoids, call Dr. Sushil Rattan and Dr. Radman Mostaghim of GI Med Health in Greenbelt, MD, at (301) 982-7900. Call today!