What Does a Proctologist Do?
The field known as proctology identifies medical practice relating to the anus and rectum in particular. The word proctology is derived from the Greek words meaning “anus” or “hindparts”, and “science” or “study”.
Proctology disorders include:
- swelling of veins in the rectum and anus, known as hemorrhoids
- cracks or tears in the anus, called anal fissures
- Fistulas, which are abnormal passageways between the rectum areas to the skin surface
- severe constipation
- rectal prolapse, protrusion of the walls of the rectum through the anus
- severe colic disorders, such as Crohn’s disease
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While the exact cause of hemorrhoids remains unknown, factors which increase pressure in the abdomen are believed to be involved. Hemorrhoids are more common during pregnancy. Diagnosis is made by looking at the area by an experienced proctologist
Often, no specific treatment is needed. Initial measures consist of drinking fluids to maintain hydration, painkillers to help with pain, and rest. Medicated creams may be applied, but their effectiveness is poorly supported by evidence. Minor proctology procedures may be performed if symptoms are severe.
Approximately 50% to 66% of people have problems with hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Males and females are affected with about equal frequency. Hemorrhoids affect people most often between 45 and 65 years of age. It is more common among the wealthy. Outcomes are usually good.