Hemorrhoids Specialist


Hemorrhoids services offered in South Bend, Plymouth and LaPorte, IN

If you have frequent anal itching, bloody stools, or difficulty sitting comfortably, it could be hemorrhoids. At Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc, with offices in Plymouth, La Porte, and South Bend, Indiana, with an additional office in The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street, the compassionate specialists understand that it’s hard to talk about hemorrhoids. They’re here to make it easy to discuss your issues and concerns — and they offer the most advanced treatment options so you can end your hemorrhoid symptoms faster than you think. Call the office nearest you to book today. 

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are dilated (swollen) veins within the rectum and anus.

The two main categories of hemorrhoids are:

Internal hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids are inside your rectum. They rarely cause obvious symptoms, but an internal hemorrhoid can prolapse (push out of the anus) to cause discomfort. Internal hemorrhoids can also cause painless bleeding, which may appear as blood in your stools or small spots of blood on your toilet tissue.

External hemorrhoids

External hemorrhoids occur in the skin surrounding your anus. You might feel a lump or bump in this area. It’s common to experience itching, soreness, and discomfort when sitting if you have external hemorrhoids. You may also experience bleeding during bowel movements.

If a blood clot (thrombus) develops in a hemorrhoidal vein, it can cut off blood flow and cause severe pain, significant swelling, and a knot-like lump in the skin. Most thrombosed hemorrhoids are external, but they can occur internally as well.

Extreme pain or other severe symptoms could also indicate a more serious problem like an abscess or fissure, so it’s important that you reach out for help right away if you have severe symptoms.

What causes hemorrhoids?

You can develop hemorrhoids if the veins in your rectum and anus must withstand more pressure than normal. This pressure causes vein stretching and extra blood pooling in the veins.

Some of the main causes of hemorrhoids include:

  • Extra weight
  • Pregnancy
  • Straining when passing stool
  • Regular heavy lifting
  • Sitting on the toilet for prolonged periods

Hemorrhoids are more common in older people, but they can develop at any time. People who eat a low-fiber diet and those who struggle with frequent constipation are particularly prone to hemorrhoids.

How are hemorrhoids diagnosed?

Hemorrhoids diagnosis at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc starts with a comprehensive review of your symptoms and medical history. Your provider will likely perform an exam with a gloved finger, and they may recommend either an anoscopy or a colonoscopy to more closely examine the inner rectum. 

How are hemorrhoids treated?

Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc offers a full range of hemorrhoid treatments, from conservative noninvasive care like lifestyle changes to minimally invasive procedures to destroy or remove the veins.

If you have chronic hemorrhoid symptoms that don’t improve with changes like eating more fiber and losing extra weight, your provider can explain all the evidence-based options for lasting hemorrhoid relief.

You need not struggle with the itchy, painful, and embarrassing issue of hemorrhoids any longer. Call the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office nearest you or use the online appointment tool to schedule your visit today.