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50% of the population will experience symptomatic hemorrhoids by the age of 50

Hemorrhoids, also called “piles”, are swollen blood vessels in around the anus and lower rectum that stretch under pressure. Hemorrhoids are nothing to be embarrassed about – in fact, about 50% of the population will suffer from them by the age of 50.

Hemorrhoids can be internal (inside your anal canal) and may also protrude outside the anal canal or external, which is felt like extra skin or lump around the anus.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

Many people have hemorrhoids and don’t have any symptoms. Hemorrhoid symptoms include:

  • Bright red blood covering your stool or on the toilet paper
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Mucous or stool soiling on your underwear 

How are hemorrhoids diagnosed?

Anytime there is bleeding from the rectum or blood in the stool that lasts more than a few days a doctor should evaluate you.  The doctor will examine the anus and rectum and do a rectal exam.  The doctor may want to do a colonoscopy to make sure the bleeding is not caused by another condition like polyps, colitis or cancer.

Can you prevent them?

There are ways to potentially prevent hemorrhoids.

  • Keep stools soft
  • Empty bowels as soon as possible after the urge occurs
  • Don’t sit on the toilet for a long period of time trying to have a bowel movement
  • Exercise, including walking 
  • Increase fiber and non-alcoholic fluids in your diet

Hemorrhoid Treatment with the CRH O'Regan System

Rush Copley offers the CRH O’Regan System®. A simple, painless and effective way to treat hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are nothing to be embarrassed about – in fact, about 50% of the population will suffer from them by the age of 50.

For many, ointments and creams will only mask symptoms to provide temporary relief. They do not address the root of the problem that is causing the pain, itching, bleeding, and overall discomfort.

If you’re serious about getting rid of hemorrhoids once and for all, it’s time to consider a definitive treatment.

The CRH O’Regan System®

The CRH O’Regan System® offers patients a painless, proven effective solution to the problems associated with hemorrhoids through a unique take on a procedure called hemorrhoid banding, or rubber band ligation.

Much less invasive than a surgical hemorrhoidectomy, hemorrhoid banding with the CRH O’Regan System®, is a simple treatment that can be performed in just minutes with little to no discomfort. There isn’t any prep or sedation and most patients are even able to return to work the same day.

How it Works

Gentle suction is used to place a small rubber band at the base of the hemorrhoid in an area where there aren’t any nerve endings. This only takes about 60 seconds. After a few days, the hemorrhoid will begin to shrink and fall off – you probably won’t even notice when it does!

Get the Scoop on the Scope

Dhiraj Gulati, M.D., a board-certified gastroenterologist, will discuss colon cancer, and what you can do to help prevent it. Rush Copley digestive health nurses will discuss new colonoscopy prep options and what to expect before, during and after the test. Enjoy a tour of the GI Lab at the end of the program. Thursday, March 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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