Colorectal diseases can easily be confused, with most being misdiagnosed simply as hemorrhoids. Therefore, before any treatment, including over-the-counter creams and suppositories, an examination makes sense.
It must be confirmed whether it actually is hemorrhoids, thrombosis of the anal veins (blood clots on the anus margin), whether there is a fistula (inflammatory canal between the intestine and the skin’s surface) or fissure (tear in the mucous membrane). All which are treated quite differently.
The important thing to remember is that there is no universal method of treatment. Depending on the stage of Hemorrhoids (1st-4th degree), individual anatomy and symptoms, we decide together which is the correct treatment plan for you. Due to embarrassment and fear, patients usually hold out much longer before visiting a doctor, when in reality it’s quite simple. For example, 1st and 2nd degree hemorrhoids can be remedied with a few weeks of conservative treatment, while 3rd and 4th degree hemorrhoids usually requiring a very minor outpatient procedure.