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Hemorrhoid Frequently Asked Questions


The Hemorrhoid Centers has made available our Frequently Asked Questions FAQs to help answer any questions you may have about Hemorrhoids

How are hemorrhoids diagnosed?

Based upon the history of symptoms, one of our affiliated physicians can suspect that hemorrhoids are present. However, a thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis are essential.

The doctor may examine the anus and rectum to look for swollen blood vessels that indicate external hemorrhoids. For internal hemorrhoids, the physician may perform a digital rectal exam.

In some cases, a more thorough examination for internal hemorrhoids is done visually using an anoscope, a hollow, lighted tube useful for viewing internal hemorrhoids, or a protoscope useful for more completely examining the rectum.

What kind of doctor should I go to for hemorrhoid treatment?

Gastroenterologists, Proctologists and Colon & Rectal Surgeons are physicians that specialize in the treatment of hemorrhoids and ano-rectal disorders although many other doctors offer minimally invasive hemorrhoid treatments such as infra-red coagulation (IRC) and Ultroid in their offices.
  • Gastroenterologists - or "GI doctors," are medical internists that specialize in diseases of the digestive tract.
  • Proctologist - a doctor who has extensive training in diseases of the rectum and anus.
  • Colon and rectal surgeon - experts in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of colon and rectal problems.

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How do I prepare for my doctor's appointment?

There are ways you can help your Hemorrhoid Center affiliate physician in coming up with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Here are some suggestions to help you get ready for your appointment:
  • Be sure to describe your symptoms accurately and in details such as pain, bleeding, mucus, change in bowel habits, change in stool consistency and shape, swelling, itching and bulging.
  • Write down any symptoms you're experiencing and how long you've had them.
  • Write down pertinent personal information such as your diet, fiber intake and bowel habits.
  • Make a list of medication that you may be taking
  • Take note of questions you may want to ask your physician.

How much is hemorrhoid treatment?

Cost varies depending on which treatment plan is used. Please call your affiliated Hemorrhoid Center physician for the pricing on treatments that you require.

Does insurance cover hemorrhoid treatment?

Most major insurance plans including Medicare, generally cover hemorrhoid treatment. However, as insurance coverage varies, please call your local Hemorrhoid Center affiliate doctor or your insurance company for inquiries regarding the coverage of your policy.

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