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Hemorrhoids commonly know as "piles" are enlarged veins in the area around the anus. They can be felt as fleshy extra skin or very hard and painful when clotted. Most hemorrhoidal conditions can be treated medically and do not require surgery. If surgery is required, generally this can be done either as an office or ambulatory (no hospitalization) procedure under local anesthesia.
Common patient complaints leading to consultation and a diagnosis of hemmorrhoids:
- Anal bleeding
- Mass, swelling or lump around the anal area
- Skin tags
There can also be other causes of symptoms in this area of the body:
- Anal fissure
- Anal fistula (Fistula-in-Ano)
- Anal Condyloma (Warts)
Should you require surgical treatment, the majority of these conditions require a brief surgical procedure usually lasting about half an hour.