Hemorrhoids may cause anal pain or bleeding. Treatment may include surgery when medical treatment has failed. Techniques offered include rubber band ligation, excisional hemorrhoidectomy, and stapled hemorrhoidopexy (PPH).
An anal fissure is a painful condition that is caused by a tear or cut in the lining of the anal canal. When medical treatment has failed, surgery may be offered. This involves relaxation of a portion of the sphincter muscle to allow the cut to heal. This may be done with injection of certain medications or with cutting a portion of the muscle.
Infected collections of pus in the anal area can be very painful and are best treated with drainage. This can usually be accomplished with some numbing medication in the office without the need for admission though this is not always the case.
Anal glands sometimes become infected and these infections can connect to the skin. At times, a 'tunnel' from the anal canal to the skin forms which can cause recurrent infection, drainage, and other symptoms. A number of surgical treatments for these conditions are offered here at ECU.
'Warts' are caused by HPV (Human Pappiloma Virus). This virus is spread by direct contact. Some viruses that cause these warts also may cause degeneration into cancer. There are both medical and surgical treatment for these lesions.
Polyps in the rectum are benign growths that may turn into cancer with time. Many of these lesions can be removed without major abdominal surgery—either with colonoscopy or with removal through the anus.
If you think you may have one of these types of problems, call 252-744-2393 for an appointment with ECU Colorectal Surgery.