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
Your most compassionate Denver & Colorado Springs proctology practitioner, Dr. Scott Woody, specializes in non-surgical hemorrhoid treatment and hemorrhoid removal. When in need of a South Denver or Colorado Springs proctologist or proctology services, look no further than Mountain Streams Medical Center.
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 35 and 55 years of age.
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, high impact exercise, heavy lifting, ongoing diarrhea or constipation, and a sedentary lifestyle. Diagnosis is made by looking at the area by your friendly neighborhood proctologist.
Initial measures consist of increasing hydration, anti-inflammatory medications, Sitz baths with Epsom salts, and medicated wipes. Topical creams may be applied, but their effectiveness is poorly supported by evidence. If symptoms persist, call us so we can help.
Usually hemorrhoids take people by surprise, but we can get you in to see the doctor the same week and often the same day. Call now for quick relief!