Atlantic Medical Group
Eric Ibegbu, MD
Gastroenterologist & Bariatric Medicine located in Kinston, NC & Jacksonville, NC
Hemorrhoids can be extremely painful and disruptive for patients. Although they sometimes get better on their own, they often require professional treatment. Dr. Eric Ibegbu of Atlantic Medical Group offers effective nonsurgical treatment options to patients with hemorrhoids. If you think you may have hemorrhoids, please call our office or use our online scheduling tool today to make an appointment with Dr. Ibegbu in Kinston or Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Non-Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Q & A
What are hemorrhoids and why do they form?
Hemorrhoids are swollen blood vessels that develop in your anus or the lower part of your rectum. They’re similar to varicose veins, and they may appear on the inside or outside of the body.
Hemorrhoids usually form when there’s too much pressure on the veins in your rectum or anus. They’re common in pregnancy, but they can also develop because of straining during bowel movements.
What are the symptoms?
If you have hemorrhoids, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
- Sensitive or painful lumps near your anus
- Itching near the anus
- Bleeding, especially during bowel movements
- Pain during and after bowel movements
In some cases, patients have hemorrhoids without experiencing any of these symptoms. The symptoms you experience may also vary based on the severity of your hemorrhoid and where it’s located.
What nonsurgical hemorrhoid treatments are available?
In some cases, you may be able to deal with the symptoms of hemorrhoids using at-home remedies. However, if your hemorrhoids continue to bother you even after you’ve tried these measures, Dr. Ibegbu can recommend a nonsurgical hemorrhoid treatment. Some of the treatments he offers at Atlantic Medical Group include:
- Coagulation, which uses a laser or infrared heat to force hemorrhoids to harden and shrivel
- Sclerotherapy, which shrinks your hemorrhoids by injecting a special medication
- Rubber band ligation, which cuts off the circulation to a hemorrhoid until it falls off
When is nonsurgical hemorrhoid treatment recommended?
Before recommending any nonsurgical hemorrhoid treatment, Dr. Ibegbu will always begin by examining you to make sure your symptoms are definitely related to a hemorrhoid. In most cases, this will involve a digital rectal exam and/or a visual inspection of the area.
After Dr. Ibegbu has confirmed that a hemorrhoid is causing your symptoms, he’ll discuss treatment options with you. He may recommend nonsurgical treatment options if he believes that your hemorrhoid is too severe for at-home measures, or if you’ve already tried at-home treatment without success.
In some cases, hemorrhoids are too advanced for nonsurgical treatment. If this is the case, Dr. Ibegbu may refer you for surgery.
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