Picture of an internal, external, prolapsed, and thrombosed hemorrhoids Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017 Medical Author: Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM Medical Editor: Bhupinder Anand, MD Next Page: When to seek medical care for hemorrhoids » « Previous 1 2 3 4 5 ... Next » (Page 3 of 9) Glossary Hemorrhoids Topic Guide YOU MAY ALSO LIKE VIEW Hemorrhoids Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Must Read Articles Related to Hemorrhoids Anal Itching Anal itching is a common problem experienced by both men and women. Examples of causes of anal itching include irritants such as perfumes, chemicals, or dyes in... learn more > > Gastrointestinal Bleeding Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding eithe... learn more > > Postpartum Perineal Care The perineum is between the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder, and the anus. In women, the perineum includes the vaginal opening. learn more > > See the Entire Hemorrhoids Topic Guide » Patient Comments & Reviews The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids - Surgery Did you need surgery for your hemorrhoids? Please describe the experience.
External hemorrhoids can be felt by physical examination in or around the anal area. What you’ll find are typically fleshy growths around the anal area that feel like hard lumps. The lumps do not actually appear through the anal opening but can be felt close to the rim of the opening. External hemorrhoids appear brown in color, and they can cause irritation such as itching, swelling or burning. Often, bleeding can accompany external hemorrhoids if the situation is particularly aggravated. Rectal pain is another common symptom associated with external hemorrhoids. Remember that Hemorrhoids Symptoms can vary from person to person.
Hemorrhoidectomy. You may need surgery if you have large protruding hemorrhoids, persistently symptomatic external hemorrhoids, or internal hemorrhoids that return despite rubber band ligation. In a traditional hemorrhoidectomy, a narrow incision is made around both external and internal hemorrhoid tissue and the offending blood vessels are removed. This procedure cures 95% of cases and has a low complication rate — plus a well-deserved reputation for being painful. The procedure requires general anesthesia, but patients can go home the same day. Patients can usually return to work after 7–10 days. Despite the drawbacks, many people are pleased to have a definitive solution to their hemorrhoids.