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Hemorrhoids Specialist

Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg

Gastroenterology located in Fredericksburg, VA & Stafford, VA

If you have bloody stool or anal discomfort, you may have hemorrhoids. At Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg and Stafford, Virginia, the skilled gastroenterologists diagnose and treat hemorrhoids to give you relief and reduce the risk of future problems. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Hemorrhoids Q&A

What are hemorrhoids?

About 75% of adults develop hemorrhoids at some point during their lifetime.

Hemorrhoids are like varicose veins that develop inside of your rectum or under skin around your anus. Fortunately, treatment with the Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg team can reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with hemorrhoids.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

Common symptoms of hemorrhoids include:

  • Irritation around your anus
  • Anal itching
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Anal swelling
  • Bleeding during bowel movements
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Lump near your anus

Hemorrhoids can push through your anal opening, causing irritation and discomfort. Complications with untreated hemorrhoids may include extreme pain, blood clots, or anemia.

What are the risk factors for hemorrhoids?

Factors that increase your risk of developing hemorrhoids include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Straining with bowel movements
  • Pregnancy
  • Sitting for a long time on the toilet
  • Chronic constipation
  • Ongoing diarrhea
  • Heavy lifting
  • Low-fiber diet
  • Anal intercourse
  • Aging

You can’t always avoid getting hemorrhoids, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk. For example, your doctor may suggest eating nutritious foods high in fiber, drinking a lot of water, and taking fiber supplements.

Don’t strain when trying to pass stool, get regular exercise, and avoid sitting down on the toilet for extended periods.

How does my doctor diagnose hemorrhoids?

The experts at Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg discuss your symptoms and medical history with you to determine if you have hemorrhoids and how severe they are. They check your vital signs and complete a physical exam, including an exam of your rectum and anal canal.

You might also need a colonoscopy to detect or rule out additional gastrointestinal problems, such as digestive diseases and colorectal cancer.

How are hemorrhoids treated?

The Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg team treats hemorrhoids right in the office using a non-surgical hemorrhoid banding or ligation procedure. The procedure involves placing tiny bands around the base of the hemorrhoid to cut off its circulation, causing it to eventually fall off.

The specialists might suggest home remedies, such as topical creams, suppositories, or pads, eating more fiber, or soaking in a warm bath. 

The providers might recommend injections, medications, laser treatment, or surgical hemorrhoid removal or stapling. They personalize each hemorrhoid treatment to best fit your needs.

If you struggle with hemorrhoids and want relief, call the Gastroenterology Associates of Fredericksburg office or book an appointment online today.