Get the Relief you Deserve From a Skilled Hemorrhoids Doctor

Do hemorrhoids require surgery? Actually, only a small fraction of people require hemorrhoids surgery to relieve symptoms. Are topical treatments effective? How do you know what type of treatment is right for you?

At General Vascular and Surgery, we answer these questions and more. And, we have a dedicated hemorrhoids treatment process, with experienced surgeons in colon and anorectal treatment and surgery. If you are experiencing the pain of hemorrhoid symptoms, one of the best things you can do is schedule a consultation with a skilled hemorrhoids doctor.

When to See a Doctor for Hemorrhoids

A middle-aged male in a blue dress shirt and dark-blue tie sits on the toilet, holding his hands over his face in pain.Many people (naturally) cringe when it comes to hemorrhoids—both in discussing them and experiencing the symptoms they cause. Yet, it’s important to understand that hemorrhoids are common. In fact, everyone has hemorrhoidal tissue in their body within the anal canal and perianal area. A hemorrhoid simply refers to when this tissue becomes enlarged and displaced.

There are several causes of symptomatic hemorrhoids, which include:

  • Constipation
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Diarrhea
  • Pregnancy
  • Age (those between the ages of 45-65 years are more prone to experiencing hemorrhoids)
  • Dietary issues (low fiber, excessive alcohol, spicy foods)

There are two types of hemorrhoids:

  • Internal Hemorrhoids 

Often, internal hemorrhoids can be felt on the outside of the anus and may be accompanied by bleeding. This type of hemorrhoid can independently retract or be manually pushed back. Doctors grade this type of tissue prolapse on a scale to four, with one being no prolapse, to four being a prolapse that cannot be pushed back in. Additional symptoms may include itching and mucus around the anus. 

  • External Hemorrhoids

External hemorrhoids manifest as a small lump, with a blue tint that appears outside the anus. They can range from being painful to severely painful. In addition to pain, external hemorrhoids can cause swelling and bleeding.

While you can find hemorrhoid treatment methods over-the-counter at many pharmacies and stores—usually in topical form— it’s best to consult with a skilled hemorrhoids doctor. A specialist will ensure that you receive the correct solution for your particular diagnosis.

When is Surgery Required?

Most hemorrhoids can be addressed non-operatively. However, if conservative methods such as topical or oral medication, dietary changes, rubber-band ligation, and sclerotherapy fail to relieve symptoms, surgical intervention may be recommended.

At GVS, our surgeons perform a number of surgical solutions for hemorrhoids, including hemorrhoidectomy (removal of the hemorrhoid). We provide compassionate, patient-focused care. No matter what your diagnosis or treatment plan entails, you will be provided with the highest quality of care and educational resources for optimum recovery.

If you have been searching for a hemorrhoid doctor near me, we encourage you to consult with our physicians now! Or, call us now for questions at 574-236-1888—it’s time!

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611 E. Douglas Rd, Suite 308
Mishawaka, IN 46545
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South Bend, IN 46635
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Elkhart, IN 46514