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By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
June 30, 2021
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

Hemorrhoids are a fairly common condition in adults that is also easy to treat. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of hemorrhoids so that you can treat them immediately. Dr. Anubha Sinha of Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ, can help you identify when you may be affected by hemorrhoids and how they can be treated.

Symptoms and Causes of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can be caused by a variety of conditions that affect your digestive system. Some common causes of hemorrhoids are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Aging
  • Straining During Bowel Movements
  • Spending Long Periods of Time on the Toilet

Hemorrhoids can also be hereditary, so it’s important to know if you have a family history of hemorrhoids.

There are some common symptoms that your gastroenterologist in Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ, can help you identify. Some examples of common symptoms are:

  • Bleeding during bowel movements
  • Sensitive lumps around the anus
  • Itching in the anal area
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Protrusion during bowel movements
  • Irritation in the anal area

Treating Hemorrhoids

Once your doctor diagnoses your hemorrhoids, you’ll be able to start treatment and start feeling comfortable again. There are many home remedies that your doctor may suggest to reduce irritation and discomfort. Some common remedies include:

  • Eating high-fiber foods
  • Using topical creams or pads that contain a numbing agent
  • Soaking in a warm bath for ten to fifteen minutes
  • Using oral pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen

With these treatments, pain should go away in about a week, and if not, your doctor may recommend surgical treatment to remove your hemorrhoids.

Contact Your Gastroenterologist Today!

Don’t live with the pain of hemorrhoids. Contact your gastroenterologist today to learn more about the symptoms and treatment of hemorrhoids. Call Dr. Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Flemington, and Hillsborough, NJ, today at (908) 788-8200!

By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
September 04, 2020
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

Hemorrhoids are enlarged blood vessels – rather like varicose veins – that occur inside and around the anus and lower portion of the rectum. There are two types of hemorrhoids: inner and outer. Hemorrhoids can cause a wide range of symptoms and should be treated before they become severe. If you suffer from hemorrhoids you can have them treated by a gastroenterologist. Dr. Anubha Sinha is a gastroenterologist at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Hillsborough and Flemington NJ. She can meet with you to discuss treatment options for your hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids Symptoms

Hemorrhoid signs and symptoms differ based on the type of hemorrhoid.

External Hemorrhoids

This type of hemorrhoid develops beneath the skin around your anus. Hillsborough gastroenterologist patients who have external hemorrhoids may experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Irritation or itching around the anus
  • Discomfort or pain when sitting or having a bowel movement
  • Swollen lumps around the anus
  • Bleeding during or after a bowel movement

Internal Hemorrhoids

This type of hemorrhoid develops inside the lower rectum. Although you can’t usually feel them when you pass a stool you may experience:

  • Bleeding during or after a bowel movement
  • Hemorrhoid may bulge through the opening of the anus causing discomfort (this is known as a prolapsed hemorrhoid

Thrombosed Hemorrhoids

A thrombosed hemorrhoid causes a clot to develop inside external hemorrhoids.

  • Severe discomfort
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • A hard node near the anus

If your hemorrhoids do not resolve or improve after a week, or you notice bleeding during a bowel movement, you should talk to a Hillsborough gastroenterologist. The bleeding may not always be caused by hemorrhoids. It can also be caused by other underlying causes such as anal or colorectal cancer.

If you would like to talk to Dr. Anubha Sinha about hemorrhoid treatment, you can reach Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists at the Hillsborough or Flemington NJ offices at (908) 788-8200.

By Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists
December 21, 2017
Category: Gastroenterology
Tags: Hemorrhoids  

Hemorrhoids--they've plagued you since your last pregnancy, flaring up and shrinking periodically. Right now, though, the pain and hemorrhoidsirritation is too intense, and you need relief. Your gastroenterologist in Hillsborough, NJ, Dr. Anubha Sinha, treats these swollen rectal veins right in her office comfortably and with no down time. You can feel better and be rid of this lower GI problem. Find out about her innovative treatments at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists.

What are hemorrhoids?

Just as some people develop varicose, or swollen veins, in their legs, other develop than in their anus and rectum because of:

  • Simple aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Hereditary tendency
  • Heavy lifting
  • A diet low in fiber
  • A sedentary lifestyle

Harvard Medical School says that millions of American adults suffer from hemorrhoids, and in fact, an occasional bout of GI complaint is an almost certainty for half of the population by age 50 and older.

Treating hemorrhoids

In the past, over the counter and at-home remedies such as sitz baths and application of witch hazel and other topical treatments provided limited relief. In extreme cases, surgical excision or banding in the hospital worked to reduce and remove hemorrhoids. However, recovery time was significant.

Today, gastroenterologists such as Dr. Sinha at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists in Hillsborough, NJ, use in-office procedures to relieve the pain, swelling, itching and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids. Fortunately, these treatments need no sedation, no lengthy bowel preparation or recovery time, and are very effective. Dr. Sinha diagnoses hemorrhoids with simple visual inspection and digital rectal examination.

Innovative treatments at Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists include:

  1. CRH O'Regan - In less than a minute, Dr. Sinha inserts a small instrument into the rectum and installs a tiny rubber band around the base of the hemorrhoid. The procedure is painless and causes the swollen vein to recede and drop off within a day or two, ending the uncomfortable symptoms patients typically experience.
  2. Infrared coagulation, or IRC - A small probe delivers infrared light to the base of the hemorrhoid. It recedes and falls off in much the same way as with the CRH O'Regan treatment.
  3. HET (Hemorrhoid Energy Therapy) - Generally combined with sigmoidoscopy under sedation at the hospital. This technique involves the use of gentle tissue compression and heat by using a safe energy form of radiofrequency. Takes 8-12 seconds on average to treat one hemorrhoid. All hemorrhoids can be treated in one visit. Results in rapid recovery.

Avoiding hemorrhoids

Sometimes, you just can't. Some people are more prone to develop piles than others are. However, it helps to:

  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Eat a high fiber diet
  • Use over the counter anti-hemorrhoidal medications at the first sign of trouble
  • Stay well-hydrated to avoid constipation
  • Take a warm bath to soothe irritated anal tissues

Learn more

If you suffer from hemorrhoids, contact Hunterdon Digestive Health Specialists for an appointment. You can find relief from this painful condition. For an appointment at either the Farmington or Hillsborough office, call (908) 788-8200.