“I have 18 hemorrhoids!”

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Hemorrhoids are formed from normal anatomical structures called anal cushions, and everyone has three.

By Dr. David Gutman, Advanced Hemorrhoid Specialists

A patient came to me recently and proudly shared that he had 18 hemorrhoids, as diagnosed by a gastroenterologist during a routine colonoscopy. He seemed pretty proud of the number—and it was impressive.

Fortunately for him, I was able to remove 15 of his hemorrhoids immediately during our conversation. You see, it’s physically impossible for anyone to have eight hemorrhoids, let alone 18. The most a person can have is three, which he did.

Hemorrhoids are formed from normal anatomical structures called anal cushions, and everyone has three. Their job is to seal the anal canal so nothing leaks out. When the anal cushions become irritated or stretched out, they develop into hemorrhoids. Just like you have two eyes, two ears, one nose and one mouth, you have three anal cushions.

But this patient’s story points to the need to see a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating hemorrhoids. In fact, I’ve performed over 30,000 procedures for hemorrhoids and I can assure you I know what I’m looking at when I see them.

I offer two, non-surgical methods to treat hemorrhoids. One reduces the blood flow that feeds the hemorrhoids, improving inflammation and causing them to shrink. The other is better suited to removing larger hemorrhoids. Both take just a few seconds to do. Since they are performed in an area with no nerve endings, they can be administered right in the comfort of my office without anesthesia.

There is virtually no pain, no prep needed, there are no major restrictions, and you don’t have to take time off of work. Our procedures are also covered by insurance, so if your deductible has been met for the year, now is a perfect time to seek treatment.

To reach Dr. David Gutman of Advanced Hemorrhoid Specialists, call 216-772-4653. He has two office locations: 25200 Chagrin Blvd, Suite 109, in Beachwood; and 2660 W. Market Street, Suite 250, in Fairlawn. To learn more, visit SensitiveCare.com.