Hemorrhoids

Mordecai Dicker, MD

Gastroenterologist located in Great Neck, NY

Hemorrhoids are far more than just an embarrassing nuisance for the people who have them. If you have hemorrhoids that are painful, swollen, and/or bleeding, Mordecai Dicker, MD, can help. Dr. Dicker is a board-certified gastroenterologist providing expert treatment to patients at his practice in Great Neck, New York. For a fast, effective solution to your problem hemorrhoids, call Dr. Dicker today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment using the online tool.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids, also called piles, are bulging blood vessels that develop in the anus or rectum. They’re uncomfortable and often painful and can hang out of the anus.

Hemorrhoids often swell and become itchy and sore and can cause severe discomfort when sitting down or trying to pass a bowel movement. They can also cause rectal bleeding if they’re damaged.

What causes hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids develop for a number of reasons, including:

  • Straining to pass stools
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Chronic constipation
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Insufficient dietary fiber

Most causes of hemorrhoids are preventable and many are due to patients having an unhealthy, inactive lifestyle and a poor diet. To prevent hemorrhoids, you should increase your consumption of high-fiber foods, including more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and drink plenty of water — aim for 6-8 glasses every day.

Watch your weight, keep fit, and use a fiber supplement if needed to bulk up and soften your stools to prevent constipation and straining. Try not to delay going to the bathroom when you need a bowel movement, and don’t stay there any longer than you need to — sitting on the toilet puts unnecessary strain on your pelvic region, including anal and rectal veins.

How are hemorrhoids treated?

Treating hemorrhoids begins with medical options that block off the flow of blood through the hemorrhoid so the blood has to take a different route through healthy blood vessels. After a while, the treated hemorrhoid shrinks and dies, and your body absorbs it as waste material.

Some of the treatments for hemorrhoids include sclerotherapy, infrared coagulation (IRC), or rubber band ligation to treat your hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoid treatments require little downtime and cause minimal discomfort, and patients typically find them convenient and effective. 

If you still have problems with hemorrhoids despite trying medical intervention, Dr. Dicker can go through the surgical options with you. These include transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD), a procedure for prolapsing hemorrhoids (PPH) or stapled hemorrhoidopexy, and hemorrhoidectomy.

These are all minimally invasive options that remove and repair the affected veins and tissues to provide long-term relief from hemorrhoids.

If you have hemorrhoids and are looking for prompt, expert treatment to relieve your pain and discomfort, call Dr. Dicker today or book an appointment online.