Hemorrhoid FAQ

Hemorrhoid FAQ

What are hemorrhoids?

Everyone has hemorrhoids. It is only when they swell or bulge causing problems that you even realize they're there.  Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the lowest part of the rectum and anus that become irritated. For many, the cause is unknown but is often associated with increased pressure on the veins from straining bowel movements or pressure on the anus during pregnancy. About half of people bleed, have pain, or other symptoms by the time they turn 50.

How can we treat hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids can often be treated with simple non-surgical options such as adding fiber to our diets and and drinking plenty of water. If non-surgical options have not been successful or you have large hemorrhoids, your doctor may recommend an outpatient surgical procedure.

Why come see a Colorectal Specialist at CSA for your hemorrhoids?

To become a Board-Certified Colorectal Surgeon, a general surgeon must complete additional advanced training in the surgical treatment of diseases specific to the colon, rectum, anus and the entire gastric tract. With 15 years of experience in practice, Dr. Erik Grossmann has dedicated his career to the specialized treatment of colon and rectal conditions. You will readily recognize and long-after appreciate the experience and expertise that sets Dr. Grossmann and his team apart in the specialized area of hemorrhoid treatment.

What should I expect from hemorrhoid surgery?

Surgery may involve a complete removal of the hemorrhoids, known as a hemorrhoidectomy. It may also involve a stapling procedure, where hemorrhoids are removed and the supporting tissue is tacked back into place. Surgery is usually performed under a general anesthesia, so an IV will be placed before surgery and you will need a ride home.  Medications for any discomfort associated with the procedure are given through an IV and placed at the incision site while you are asleep. Most patients wake up in very little discomfort, but should plan to experience some discomfort later in the day and for the first few days following the procedure. It is common to experience bleeding and drainage at the surgical site for a few days. Most people return to work within 1-2 days.  Click here for more information about Hemorrhoid Removal..

To Make an Appointment

Your initial consultation gives you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about our services and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs. To schedule a prompt appointment with Dr. Erik Grossmann, please call Columbia Surgical Associates at 573-443-8773.