Hemorrhoid Specialist

Andrew Bower, MD, FACS -  - General Surgeon

Northeast Oregon Surgical Clinic

Andrew Bower, MD, FACS

General Surgeon & Laproscopic Surgeon located in Pendleton, OR

Hemorrhoids are very common, affecting nearly 75% of adults at some point during their lives. Andrew Bower, MD, FACS, offers expert surgical removal procedures at Northeast Oregon Surgical Clinic in Pendleton, Oregon. If your hemorrhoids are painful or cause excessive bleeding, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Hemorrhoid Q & A

What is a hemorrhoid?

A hemorrhoid is a swollen vein in your anus or lower rectum. Also known as piles, hemorrhoids cause disruptive symptoms such as:

  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding during a bowel movement
  • A sensitive or painful lump

It’s also possible to have hemorrhoids inside your rectum. Internal hemorrhoids are usually painless, although you may experience some irritation if you strain during a bowel movement. When blood pools in a hemorrhoid and forms a clot, it becomes thrombosed and causes a hard lump to form.

What causes hemorrhoids?

The veins around your anus and rectum are elastic and stretch and swell. Hemorrhoids develop when you have increased pressure in your rectum and anus. Excess pressure may be the result of:

  • Straining to pass stools
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Low-fiber diet
  • Anal intercourse

You can reduce your risk of developing hemorrhoids by eating a high-fiber diet and drinking at least eight glasses of water every day. This helps keep your stool soft and easy to pass so you don’t need to strain.

How do you treat hemorrhoids?

If you have hemorrhoids, you can adjust your diet. You can also apply over-the-counter creams or suppositories, take oral painkillers, or apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling. You should keep your anal area clean and uses moist towelettes instead of dry toilet paper.

When would I need hemorrhoid surgery?

If at-home care and medications don’t relieve your hemorrhoids and they cause pain and bleeding, you may need to have your piles surgically removed. Dr. Bower performs external hemorrhoid thrombectomy to remove thrombosed hemorrhoids as well as minimally invasive procedures like rubber-band ligation, hemorrhoidectomies, and hemorrhoid stapling to remove your piles.

Dr. Bower uses a local anesthetic during your surgery. In most cases, hemorrhoid removal procedures are outpatient, so you can go home soon after your treatment is complete.

What should I expect after hemorrhoid surgery?

You may experience some tenderness following your hemorrhoid removal. In most cases, an over-the-counter painkiller reduces your discomfort. Dr. Bower recommends using stool softeners and adding fiber and water to your diet to make your bowel movements easier following your surgery.

If you’re troubled by hemorrhoids, call or schedule an appointment online today.

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