As a Los Angeles hemorrhoid doctor, I see many patients each year who are looking for more than just treatment: they’re looking for knowledge. Hemorrhoids rarely present as a one-time problem, so many of the people I talk to are looking for better ways to prevent a relapse after undergoing minimally invasive hemorrhoid treatment in my offices.
So what are the causes of hemorrhoids? Nobody can point to a single cause that covers all cases, but there is broad consensus about the most common culprits.
Hemorrhoids arise when pressure on the blood vessels in the anus and surrounding tissue builds up and creates swelling. This pressure may be due to straining during bowel movements, prolonged sitting on a daily basis, or some secondary effects of bodily changes such as a pregnancy.
The best way to avoid hemorrhoids is to eat food with fiber in it, avoid straining during bowel movements, and to exercise as much as you can. The best way to treat external hemorrhoids when they appear is to rest the area, move around, and consider a sitz bath.
When hemorrhoids grow chronic or severe, including prolapsed hemorrhoids, then it is time to see an LA hemorrhoid specialist. Our treatments include sme of the best known procedures in this field including:
- removal of hemorrhoids, known as hemorrhoidectomy
- burning of hemorrhoid tissue with infrared photo, laser, or electrical coagulation
- sclerotherapy or rubber band ligation to reduce the hemorrhoids
To learn more and get your hemorrhoids treated safely, contact us today.