Internal hemorrhoids are a common cause of painless rectal bleeding with bowel movements. They can also prolapse within the anal canal, reducing the snugness of the anal canal. This can lead to persistent anal itching, pruritus ani, perianal moisture, and some soilage. On rare occasions, internal hemorrhoids can be the cause of anal pain and discomfort.
Although everyone is born with internal hemorrhoids, in some individuals, the connective tissue around the hemorrhoids can lose its integrity over time. This is usually the result of increased abdominal pressure from activities such as straining, weight lifting and chronic or severe cough. Chronic constipation and pregnancy are common causes of this disorder. Unfortunately, once the internal hemorrhoids enlarge, they easily become engorged and have a tendency to cause recurrent symptoms. Medications and behavioral modifications can help these symptoms but more definitive and long-term relief is best provided under the care of an experienced proctologist.
As internal hemorrhoids are usually not near nerves that sense pain, our expert doctors are able to remove them with “painless” procedures such as rubber band ligation and Infrared light “LASER” Hemorrhoidectomy. Patients are able to drive after the procedure and most people can return to work the following day.