Hemorrhoids are a real pain in the backside — literally — but don't despair; they usually disappear on their own.
Unfortunately, hemorrhoids become a recurring problem for some people that can seriously interfere with daily activities.
Here’s where Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants comes in. Dr. Darrien Gaston and our expert team evaluate problematic hemorrhoids and create a customized treatment plan for your unique symptoms. Dr. Gaston might recommend lifestyle changes, medications, or medical procedures to relieve your backside and make sitting comfortable again.
Here’s what Dr. Gaston wants you to know about hemorrhoids and how to treat them.
Where do hemorrhoids come from?
Hemorrhoids can happen to anyone, but certain factors increase your chances. The list of hemorrhoid triggers is long, but the top culprits are a low-fiber diet, being overweight, pregnancy, and spending too much time on the toilet. Sometimes, hemorrhoids are side effects of chronic constipation, diarrhea, or even anal intercourse.
The good news is that you can address the underlying causes of hemorrhoids and eliminate them. For example, increasing your fiber intake can improve digestion and reduce the likelihood of straining during bowel movements, reducing vein irritation of the veins and promoting healing.
It's not just about discomfort — hemorrhoids can lead to bleeding, swelling, and other serious problems. You can minimize the chance of developing hemorrhoids and help them subside by paying attention to your body's needs and maintaining good digestive health, and Dr. Gaston can help you.
Will hemorrhoids go away on their own?
When you have hemorrhoids, the pain and itching seem to follow you everywhere. When all you want is fast relief, waiting for it to come can be frustrating. Here’s what you can expect.
Small hemorrhoids often clear up in a matter of days with some self-care and a few lifestyle changes — eat more fiber, drink more water, use an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream, and don’t sit on the toilet longer than is necessary.
Larger hemorrhoids can last weeks. If you have big hemorrhoids that won’t go away on their own, don't hesitate to call us. At Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants, we understand how painful and uncomfortable this condition can be and are happy to offer advice and treatments to help you manage your symptoms.
Keep a close eye on your stool; if you notice blood, don't ignore it. While bright red blood may be a result of direct irritation from the hemorrhoids, darker blood can indicate something more concerning further up the digestive tract.
What to do when stubborn hemorrhoids stick around
If at-home remedies aren’t shrinking your hemorrhoids, it’s time to see Dr. Gaston. He has years of experience treating stubborn hemorrhoids and can quickly rid you of painful protrusions.
For most hemorrhoids, Dr. Gaston uses the CRH O'Regan SystemⓇ, a nonsurgical solution that eliminates hemorrhoids safely and effectively. This innovative technique has a success rate higher than 99% and works by cutting off the blood supply to your hemorrhoids, causing them to shrink and fall off naturally within days — without any surgical intervention.
But in cases where surgery is necessary, Dr. Gaston recommends a hemorrhoidectomy. This procedure involves removing the inflamed areas and stapling your tissue into position to prevent further hemorrhoid growth.
Don't let hemorrhoids control your life any longer. Visit Dr. Gaston and explore your options with the CRH O'Regan System today. Book online or call our Chicago, Illinois, office.