Haemorrhoids

At Coast Colorectal, we often assist Gold Coast and Tweed Coast patients who are experiencing haemorrhoids. Here, we provide some basic information about this condition.

What are Haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids are actually an ordinary part of our bodies. When they become enlarged, this is when symptoms can develop, which we often refer to simply as ‘haemorrhoids’.

There are two kinds of haemorrhoids – external haemorrhoids (outside the anus) and internal haemorrhoids (inside the anus). The symptoms can be different depending on which kind of issue has developed.

External haemorrhoids can often cause a painful lump or ‘pile’ on the outside of the anus. The pain tends to be strongest in the first 24-72 hours. After this time, it tends to reduce over about two weeks.

Internal haemorrhoids are inside the anus. They might be bulging into the anal canal or protruding from it. People who are suffering from internal haemorrhoids typically notice painless, bright red bleeding, as well as a sensation of prolapsing (slipping) tissue from the anus.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Engorgement and enlargement of haemorrhoids can be minimised by ensuring a soft, bulky bowel movement. It’s also advisable to avoid straining and prolonged sitting on the toilet. It can also be helpful to brace the pelvic floor (engage your core) and avoid holding your breath while exercising or lifting heavy objects.

In some cases, haemorrhoids might require surgical intervention. This depends on the degree of enlargement or prolapse. If you require surgical treatment for this condition, your colorectal surgeon will explain your procedure in detail.

If you are experiencing haemorrhoids and would like to know more about the relevant procedures at Coast Colorectal, you can visit our page about haemorrhoid treatment. You might also be interested in some dietary advice.