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Hemorrhoids Specialist

GI Physicians Inc.

Gastroenterologists located in Lima, OH

If you’re experiencing swelling or discomfort around your anal opening, don’t hesitate to contact GI Physicians Inc. Ven Kottapalli, MD, CNSP, and the rest of the skilled team have years of experience treating hemorrhoids and helping their patients find fast, effective relief. Their team is committed to delivering discreet, comfortable care. To get the hemorrhoid treatment you need, call the office in Lima, Ohio, or request an appointment online today.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in or near your anus. They’re similar to varicose veins in that they bulge noticeably from the body. These swollen veins can develop inside your rectum or outside your body, on the skin near your anal opening. 

While many people are hesitant to discuss hemorrhoids because they find them embarrassing, they’re extremely common. Around half of all Americans experience hemorrhoids by the time they turn 50. 

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

The symptoms of hemorrhoids depend on location. If the hemorrhoid is inside your rectum, the most common symptom is bleeding during bowel movements. If you notice blood in your stool or on toilet paper but don’t have any pain, you likely have internal hemorrhoids. 

External hemorrhoids are more uncomfortable. Their symptoms include: 

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Bleeding

If you notice blood or you’re experiencing anal discomfort, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at GI Physicians Inc. to get care to resolve your hemorrhoid. 

What causes hemorrhoids?

When activities and movements put pressure on your rectum, it stresses the veins in the area, which can lead to hemorrhoids. Some of the most common causes of this pressure — and resulting hemorrhoids — include:

  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Lifting heavy items
  • Spending a lot of time on the toilet
  • Anal intercourse

In many cases, the cause of hemorrhoids remains unknown. But that doesn’t limit the team at GI Physicians Inc. Even if your hemorrhoid cause is undetermined, they can still apply effective care. 

How are hemorrhoids treated?

Home care effectively resolves some hemorrhoids. A high fiber diet, soaking in a warm tub, and taking a pain relief medication may be all you need. 

If your hemorrhoids are persistent, the team at GI Physicians Inc. offers hemorrhoid banding. During this treatment, they wrap a rubber band around the hemorrhoid. This cuts off circulation, causing it to wither and fall off. This minimally invasive treatment has proven extremely effective. 

Don’t let embarrassment keep you from the hemorrhoid care you need. To get relief, don’t wait to call GI Physicians Inc., or request your appointment online today.