Hemorrhoids are “piles” of tissues in the anus that are full of enlarged blood vessels.
Many people have both internal and external hemorrhoids.
In the US, 75% of the population is believed to experience some form of hemorrhoids
in their lifetime. Internal hemorrhoids are those that develop lumps inside the anal
canal. This may cause intermittent bleeding, especially when passing hard and dry
stools. External hemorrhoids are those that lie outside the canal. When swollen,
this can cause great discomfort and difficulty in sitting down.
When the blood vessels inside the lumps clot, hemorrhoids may swell and become painful.
In most cases, this goes away with time. However, if swelling persists and bleeding
becomes regular, it is prudent to see a physician immediately. Other than just hemorrhoids,
this could be symptoms leading to other serious conditions such as rectal cancer.
In severe cases, hemorrhoidectomy, or a surgery to remove the lumps and thrombosed
veins, may be recommended to lessen, if not entirely eliminate the occurrence of
further swelling and constant bleeding. However, majority of hemorrhoids can be easily
treated at home and usually goes away after a short time.
Surgery And Outpatient Treatment
Non-surgical out-patient procedures are coming online to treat hemorrhoids by ligating
or drying up the offending hemorrhoidal tissue mass that eventually falls off. Surgery
is often used as the last recourse on quite severe cases where pain and discomfort