Hemorrhoids

Betsy  F.  Clemens, M.D. -  - Board Certified Physician

Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center

Betsy F. Clemens, M.D.

Board Certified Physician located in Creve Coeur, MO

Hemorrhoids are no reason for embarrassment: Nearly 10 million Americans suffer from hemorrhoids each year. This common condition causes irritation and itching around your anus, and can make going to the bathroom or even sitting a source of stress. At Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Creve Coeur, Missouri, Betsy Clemens, MD offers a thorough diagnosis and effective treatment for hemorrhoids. Call or send us a message to schedule your consultation.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are the clusters of blood vessels we all have in the lining of our anal canals. Sometimes, these clusters of vessels become irritated and enlarged, causing several irritating symptoms.

Hemorrhoid symptoms generally occur in two areas: internally and externally. Those that form in the inner portion of your rectum are internal hemorrhoids, while those that form just under the skin around your anus are external hemorrhoids.

What causes hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids become enlarged when something places a large amount of stress or pressure on the veins in your rectum and around your anus. There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing hemorrhoids, including:

  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Pregnancy/Delivery
  • Obesity
  • Excess straining while going to the bathroom
  • Sitting on the toilet for long periods of time
  • Anal intercourse 

You’re also more likely to develop hemorrhoids with age, as the tissues in your rectum and anus weaken over time.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

Your hemorrhoid symptoms generally depend on whether you’re suffering from internal or external hemorrhoids:

Internal hemorrhoids:

Internal hemorrhoids rarely cause discomfort, as they lie further within the rectum. However, when these hemorrhoids rupture, they can cause you to pass blood along with your stool. Occasionally, these hemorrhoids protrude through the anal opening, leading to external irritation and discomfort. Protruding internal hemorrhoids are not the same as external hemorrhoids.

External hemorrhoids:

External hemorrhoids are those that exhibit the classic symptoms including itching, irritation, and bleeding.

On rare occasions, an external hemorrhoid can become thrombosed, or swell up with blood. This can cause greater pain and swelling than usual, and you can often physically feel these near your anus.

How are hemorrhoids treated?

Prior to any treatment, Dr. Clemens provides a thorough exam to understand the type and severity of your hemorrhoid.

Treatment for hemorrhoids largerly depends on the size and severity of the hemorrhoids, and can range from simple lifestyle changes to minimally invasive, outpatient procedures to surgery. Dr. Clemens will evaluate your individual case and put you on the best path to relief using the least invasive method possible.

Remember, hemorrhoids don't have to mean surgery.

Don’t let your hemorrhoids get in the way of your everyday life. Visit Dr. Clemens and her team at Midwest Hemorrhoid Treatment Center to get the expert treatment you need. Call or send us a message to schedule your appointment.