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Important conversations about an uncomfortable topic

Believe it or not, all of us have hemorrhoids. Sometimes they become inflamed, painful, or uncomfortable. And when they do, it’s important to seek medical care without delay. That’s where our colorectal surgery team comes in. We are here to help you.

We understand you may be uncomfortable talking about hemorrhoids. In fact, some patients delay scheduling an appointment because they’re embarrassed. It’s time we change that. We’re medical professionals, and we deal with pesky hemorrhoids every day. It’s our job to give you the guidance and relief you need without delay, while also making you feel comfortable and reassured. 

Frequently asked questions

We know you have questions about this topic. We have the answers anyone with hemorrhoids should know. You can also watch a brief video from our colorectal surgeons. Just click the arrow to the right. 

We always say “if your hemorrhoids aren’t bothering you, we don’t need to bother them.” In some cases, however, hemorrhoids can become inflamed, painful, or uncomfortable. Many patients complain of discomfort during bowel movements, or a burning sensation that's either constant or comes and goes. Bleeding from the rectum is another common symptom. in these cases, when a hemorrhoid is impacting a person’s quality of life, we need to address it medically.

There are a number of reasons why hemorrhoids may become inflamed, painful, or uncomfortable. This includes: lack of fiber in your diet, pregnancy, or activities that put a lot of pressure on the lower body, such as weightlifting. We also know there is a hereditary component to hemorrhoids. If your parents had hemorrhoids that were problematic, chances are you may experience similar challenges.

We always say “if your hemorrhoids aren’t bothering you, we don’t need to bother them.” In some cases, however, hemorrhoids can become inflamed, painful, or uncomfortable. Many patients complain of discomfort during bowel movements, or a burning sensation that's either constant or comes and goes. Bleeding from the rectum is another common symptom. It's in these cases, when a hemorrhoid is impacting a person’s quality of life, that we need to address it medically.

Over-the-counter creams, ointments, and other medications are available and may bring some temporary relief. However, the key word is “temporary.” These remedies will not cure the hemorrhoid, or prevent future flair ups. It's best to see a doctor so a thorough evaluation can be completed, and a plan of care can be created to treat and resolve the problem.

The truth is that many of the symptoms associated with hemorrhoids are also associated with more serious, and in some cases, life threatening illnesses, such as colon cancer and rectal cancer. This is one of the reasons why we strongly encourage patients to see a doctor without delay. It's important to be evaluated so the proper diagnosis can be made to begin the right level of medical care.

We believe it's best to try more conservative, less invasive approaches, first. In many cases, we can treat hemorrhoids in the office, using non-surgical techniques. One common option is rubber band ligation. We place a small band around the hemorrhoid, which halts blood flow to the mass. Within days, the tissue typically shrinks, dies, and falls off. This procedure is quick and painless, and carries minimal risk for complications.

Our colorectal team typically offers patients one of two options when it's determined that surgical removal of a hemorrhoid is necessary. The first is hemorrhoidal artery ligation. During this procedure, the surgeon uses a small Doppler sensor, inserted into the rectum, to identify and redirect arteries that are supplying blood flow to hemorrhoids. Pain is minimal, and hemorrhoids typically shrink significantly – to the point they are no longer noticeable or felt – fairly quickly. The second option is excisional hemorrhoidectomy. This procedure involves cutting hemorrhoids out of the rectum. Although this technique is more complicated and requires a more substantial recovery period, it's known to produce the best long-term results.

Our team is knowledgeable and experienced. We treat patients with hemorrhoids every single day. But equally important is that we take the time to listen to our patients – to really understand what they are experiencing and why they are seeking our care. We want our patients to feel comfortable – even when it comes to discussing topics like hemorrhoids, that are sometimes a bit uncomfortable to talk about. Our commitment to providing an excellent patient experience allows us to deliver thoughtful and compassionate care, and the best possible outcomes.

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Our colorectal surgeons

Our doctors are experts in their field. They're knowledgeable and experienced, and approach each patient’s plan of care as if they are treating their own family members. We also understand that no one wants to be told they have to wait when they need medical attention. It’s our priority to schedule new patient appointments quickly at a location that's most convenient.

Nicole Chaumont, MD

P. Jeffrey Ferris, MD

David M. Lisle, MD

David E. Stein, MD, MHCM

Choose from four convenient locations

Our colorectal team offers appointments at four MedStar Health locations. When scheduling an appointment, choose the one that is most convenient for you.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Center for Digestive Disease
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237


MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Smyth Building, Suite G1
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239


MedStar Harbor Hospital
Outpatient Center, Floor 2
3001 South Hanover Street
Baltimore, MD 21225


MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
Suite 220
12 MedStar Boulevard
Bel Air, MD 21015


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Information for referring physicians

If you are caring for a patient who requires treatment for hemorrhoids or any other colorectal problem, we encourage you to refer them to our practice. We value your trust and partnership, and promise to provide your patients with the highest level of comprehensive, evidence-based, outcomes-focused care. Also know that we make it a priority to expedite new patient appointments. When you refer patients to our practice, we will get their initial appointments scheduled quickly at the location most convenient for them.

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