Haemorrhoids

What are they?

Haemorrhoids or piles are swollen veins around the anus and lower rectum. Although they can be annoying they are not usually dangerous. They are very common with up to 75% of the population suffering from them.


Many people suffer for a long time before seeking help from their doctor either because they are embarrassed or they believe that the treatment is extremely painful.

 

What causes them?

  • Straining when having your bowels open
  • Chronic constipation
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Sitting on the toilet for too long (reading newspapers)
  • Age


What are the symptoms?

  • Bright red blood on the toilet paper or in the bowl
  • Lumps, which protrude after a bowel movement
  • Itching
  • Pain and discomfort especially when sitting


Treatment

Simple treatment includes increasing the fibre content of your diet, creams from the chemist which reduce discomfort and itching, and stool softeners.


If these methods do not work or symptoms return, banding can be performed in our clinic.


Where symptoms are severe an operation may be necessary.