The Hemorrhoid Center At GACS
What are Hemorrhoid Symptoms?
- Extreme itching
- Irritation and pain around the anus
- Painful lump or swelling near your anus
- Fecal leakage
- Painful bowel movements
- Blood in stool
The Hemorrhoid Center at Gastroenterology Associates of Colorado Springs (GACS) is staffed by board-certified gastroenterologists and GI specialty nurse practitioners. Our center is unique in that we provide a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms. We differentiate between hemorrhoids and other conditions such as polyps and any cancer that can present itself with similar symptoms.
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If you suffer from the signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids, please reach out to The Hemohrroid Center today. Our experienced staff works in a respectful, professional environment. We ensure you are well cared for. If you’re tired of living with constant pain and don’t know where to turn, give our experts at GACS a call.
How Does GACS Treat hemorrhoids?
Rubber Band Ligation
We are currently using the OCRH O’Regan System for definitive treatment of internal hemorrhoids. This highly effective, minimally invasive procedure is performed in our offices in just a few minutes, and most patients return to work that same day.
Infrared Coagulation (IRC)
As an alternative to the rubber band ligation, we also offer treatment using infrared coagulation. IRC does not require any special preparation or anesthesia. This is an office-based procedure that uses a probe to deliver a two-second pulse of light energy to the base of a hemorrhoid. This results in cutting off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid causing it to shrink and recede. The procedure is very quick and essentially painless. It is considered one of the safest treatment modalities for treatment of internal hemorrhoids.
Ask About Treatment of Hemorrhoids at the Time of Your Colonoscopy
Since most of the diagnostic colonoscopies are performed to evaluate rectal bleeding and internal hemorrhoids are the most common cause of such bleeding (especially in younger patients), it makes sense to treat the source of the bleeding at the time of the colonoscopy. Given the fact that the patient is already prepped, sedated and monitored during the colonoscopy, ligation of internal hemorrhoids only adds another 5-10 minutes to the endoscopic procedure. Hence this one-step combined procedure provides both diagnostic and therapeutic benefit to the patient with hemorrhoidal bleeding.
We Also Offer Removal of Anal Skin Tags in Office
What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum. If you’re experiencing pain and bleeding during bowel movements, reach out to GACS today. Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable but can be gone in one non-surgical, in-office treatment.
Symptoms may vary according to the type of hemorrhoid:
- External hemorrhoids, which can be felt under the skin around the anus, can cause pain, itching, pressure, and bleeding.
- Internal hemorrhoids may cause painless rectal bleeding. A prolapsed hemorrhoid can cause pain and discomfort.
What Causes Hemorrhoids?
Veins around the anus can swell due to increased pressure in the area, which may be caused by:
- Straining during bowel movements
- Sitting on the toilet for long periods of time
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Not consuming enough fiber
- Age (50 and up)
- Lifting heavy objects
How are Hemorrhoids Diagnosed?
A diagnosis of a hemorrhoidal problem begins with a visit to GACS. Our doctor will ask about your symptoms and perform a physical examination of the anal area.
During an anal examination:
- Visual exam of skin around the anus;
- Perform a digital rectal examination, in which a gloved, lubricated finger is gently inserted into the anus; and
- Check the inside of the anal canal—where the internal hemorrhoids are located—with a short lighted probe called an anoscope.