Most people are ashamed of their rectal symptoms, and bashfully hide them. If they think of hemorrhoids, they hope they’ll go away on their own, or they are afraid of tests that will probably be needed. It’s important to know that most proctologic diseases are abnormalities for which treatments are relatively simple and result in complete recovery. However, some of them are malignant, cancerous disorders whose treatment cannot be delayed and which generally require complex therapy (surgery and supplementary treatment).
Among the most common rectal illnesses are hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fistulas, abscesses, and inflammatory and cancerous disorders.
In what cases should you turn to a proctologist?
- Itching, pain, or discharge in the anal area
- Change in bowel movement habits (alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea)
- Frequent urge to defecate
- Sensation of a foreign object in the rectum
- Bloody or mucous stool
- Lump, bump, or inflammation in the skin in the anal area
- Long-term or inexplicable abdominal bloating
- Hemorrhoid problems during pregnancy or after childbirth
Tests available in our office:
- Physical examination
- Anoscopy: scope of the lower rectum
- Rectoscopy: scope of the entire rectum
- Biopsy: histologic tissue sampling
Examination of further sections of the bowel are conducted by a gastroenterologist. Colonoscopy is available in our office, which is conducted under general anesthesia.
Treatments available in our office:
- Conservative, outpatient treatment: cream, suppository, diet and lifestyle counseling
- Removal of external hemorrhoid lump
- Removal of skin tags (the stretched coverings of former external hemorrhoid lumps)
- Treatment of fistulas and abscesses
- Ligation: squeezing off internal hemorrhoid lumps using a rubber ring
- Hemorrhoid surgery – same-day surgery
We treat benign diseases on an outpatient basis, on-site. Mild hemorrhoids are removed with rubber-ring tying, while for more serious cases we use a special Doppler test to measure the artery supplying the lump, and stitch it up painlessly.