Michael Tarlowe, MD
Serving Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, FL, and the surrounding areas
Hemorrhoids can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, which is why experienced proctologist Michael H. Tarlowe, MD, FACS, FASCRS, offers safe and effective hemorrhoid treatments with a warm and compassionate bedside manner. If you’re suffering from hemorrhoids, schedule an appointment today at his office, serving Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, FL, and the surrounding areas. You can book your appointment by calling the offices of Michael H Tarlowe, MD or you can request one online.
Hemorrhoids Q & A
What are hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your lower rectum or around your anus that can cause severe itching and pain, and make it difficult for you to sit comfortably.
Hemorrhoids are either internal or external, depending on whether they develop within the anus or outside of it. External hemorrhoids are more common and problematic than internal hemorrhoids.
Do I have hemorrhoids?
Some of the symptoms that typically accompany hemorrhoids are:
- Blood on your toilet paper after a bowel movement
- Fecal leakage
- Pain, irritation, itching around your anus and pain during your bowel movements
- Swelling or lumps near your anus that are itchy and/or painful
Hemorrhoids don’t pose a serious threat to your health, but they can be incredibly uncomfortable and disruptive to your quality of life.
What causes hemorrhoids?
It’s unclear what, exactly, causes hemorrhoids. Some researchers believe that they can come from straining during a bowel movement, or as a side effect of chronic constipation. They can also develop from sitting on the toilet for too long, and tend to run in families.
How do you treat hemorrhoids?
There are a few different procedures that Dr. Tarlowe can use to treat your hemorrhoids, including:
Rubber band ligation
Rubber band ligation is performed in-office and doesn’t require anesthesia. It’s used to treat more severe internal hemorrhoids that protrude with bowel movements or are bleeding and haven’t responded to more conservative treatments. Dr. Tarlowe fits a small rubber band around the base of your hemorrhoid, which blocks its blood supply and causes it to fall off in 7-10 days.
Dr. Tarlowe typically uses injection sclerotherapy to treat bleeding internal hemorrhoids. It’s also performed in-office and without anesthesia. Dr. Tarlowe injects your hemorrhoid with a sclerosing agent that makes it shrivel up. It’s an ideal treatment for patients on blood thinners because there’s no bleeding after the treatment.
In a hemorrhoidectomy, an anesthesiologist administers local anesthesia and intravenous sedation before Dr. Tarlowe surgically removes your symptomatic hemorrhoids. The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and involves roughly 2-3 weeks of recovery time.
Clot removal can provide you with near-immediate relief if you’re suffering from thrombosed external hemorrhoids. In the procedure, you get local anesthesia, and Dr. Tarlowe makes a small incision to remove the clot. Clot removal is most effective if you get it done within 72 hours of experiencing your first symptoms.
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Get started with your hemorrhoid treatment today by calling Dr. Tarlowe’s office or requesting an appointment online.