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Hemorrhoids are common and affect many people that they account for up to 3.5 million visits to the doctor per year. Causes of hemorrhoids include straining with constipation or diarrhea, sitting on the toilet for too long, and post pregnancy.

Symptoms of Hemorrhoids Include:

• Bleeding from the rectum
• Itching
• Rectal Pain

Diagnosing Hemorrhoids Can Include:

• Physical exam
• Digital rectal exam
• Anoscopy or colonoscopy

Hemorrhoid Treatment Options:

Hemorrhoids can be treated with over-the-counter treatments, rubber band ligation and surgery. Mercy Philadelphia Hospital also offers an alternative to these treatments: a new, non-surgical hemorrhoidectomy that is a nice, easy and effective way to treat hemorrhoids.

This procedure usually takes less than 10 minutes and uses heat energy to stop the blood supply to the hemorrhoids. It is painless because it is above the skin area, where pain is felt, and it eliminates bleeding that you typically associate with hemorrhoids. The non-surgical hemorrhoidectomy is extremely effective for grade 1 and 2 hemorrhoids, which are the most common types of hemorrhoids.

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