Hemorrhoids (HEM-uh-roids), also called piles, are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum, similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids can develop inside the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or under the skin around the anus (external hemorrhoids).
Nearly three out of four adults will have hemorrhoids from time to time. Hemorrhoids have a number of causes, but often the cause is unknown.
Fortunately, effective options are available to treat hemorrhoids. Many people get relief with home treatments and lifestyle changes.
Hemorrhoids can be caused by:
Signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids usually depend on the type of hemorrhoid.
These are under the skin around your anus. Signs and symptoms might include:
Internal hemorrhoids lie inside the rectum. You usually can’t see or feel them, and they rarely cause discomfort. But straining or irritation when passing stool can cause:
If blood pools in external hemorrhoid and forms a clot (thrombus), it can result in:
Your doctor might be able to see external hemorrhoids. Diagnosing internal hemorrhoids might include an examination of your anal canal and rectum.
Your doctor might want to examine your entire colon using colonoscopy if:
The Rafaelo Procedure is a safe and effective treatment for internal hemorrhoids using well-established Radiofrequency technology, allowing patients to walk in and walk out, with minimal post-operative pain, if any at all, and immediately return to normal daily activities. Its effect is to reduce the symptoms to a normal level and to remove hemorrhoids.