Addressing Common Questions About Piles (Hemorrhoids): Insights from Dr. Sunny Agarwal
Piles, also known as hemorrhoids, are a prevalent condition that affects a significant number of people across different age groups. To shed light on this often misunderstood ailment, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions on piles, with answers provided by renowned medical expert Dr. Sunny Agarwal, Apollo Hospital, Mumbai.
Q1: What are piles, and what causes them?
Dr. Sunny Agarwal: Piles, or hemorrhoids, are swollen and inflamed blood vessels located in the rectum and anus. They can be internal (inside the rectum) or external (under the skin around the anus). Piles are often caused by factors such as straining during bowel movements, chronic constipation, prolonged sitting, pregnancy, and obesity.
Q2: What are the common symptoms of piles?
Dr. Sunny Agarwal: Symptoms of piles can vary. Common signs include pain, itching, burning sensation, and bleeding during or after bowel movements. You might also feel a lump near the anus or experience discomfort while sitting.
Q3: Can a change in diet help prevent or manage piles?
Dr. Sunny Agarwal: Absolutely. A high-fiber diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plenty of fluids can help prevent constipation and promote regular bowel movements. This, in turn, can reduce the strain on blood vessels and minimize the risk of piles.
Q4: Are there any non-surgical treatments available for piles?
Dr. Sunny Agarwal: Yes, there are several non-surgical treatments for piles. Over-the-counter creams and ointments can provide relief from itching and discomfort. Sitz baths (soaking the affected area in warm water) can also alleviate pain and inflammation.
Q5: When should someone consider surgical treatment for piles?
Dr. Sunny Agarwal: Surgical treatment is usually considered when non-surgical methods fail to provide relief or for severe cases. Surgical options range from minimally invasive procedures like rubber band ligation and sclerotherapy to traditional surgical removal of piles.
Q6: What is the role of laser treatment in managing piles?
Dr. Sunny Agarwal: Laser therapy is a modern, minimally invasive approach to treating piles. It involves using focused laser energy to shrink the inflamed blood vessels, promoting their closure. Laser treatment offers benefits like reduced pain, quicker recovery, and minimal scarring.
Q7: Can piles be prevented?
Dr. Sunny Agarwal: While not all cases of piles can be prevented, adopting a healthy lifestyle can certainly reduce the risk. Maintaining a balanced diet rich in fiber, staying hydrated, avoiding excessive straining, and maintaining a healthy weight can all contribute to preventing piles.
Q8: How important is it to consult a healthcare professional for piles?
Dr. Sunny Agarwal: It’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional if you suspect you have piles. They can provide an accurate diagnosis, recommend appropriate treatments, and guide you on lifestyle changes to manage or prevent piles effectively.
Q9: Is there a link between piles and colorectal cancer?
Dr. Sunny Agarwal: Piles are generally not linked to colorectal cancer. However, any rectal bleeding should be evaluated by a healthcare professional to rule out more serious conditions.
Q10: What message do you have for individuals dealing with piles?
Dr. Sunny Agarwal: Piles are a common condition and can be managed effectively with the right approach. Don’t hesitate to seek medical advice, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and explore treatment options to improve your quality of life.
Dr. Sunny Agarwal has ushered in a new era of treatment with the introduction of laser procedures. These minimally invasive techniques have revolutionized the way piles, fistula, and fissure are treated. The precision and reduced discomfort associated with laser surgery have made it a preferred choice among patients.
(Note: The answers provided by Dr. Sunny Agarwal in this FAQ are for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. It’s essential for individuals experiencing symptoms related to piles, fissures, or fistulas to seek medical advice promptly. A healthcare provider can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment options based on the severity of the condition. Additionally, adopting a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits can help prevent these conditions from developing or recurring.)
Contact Dr. Sunny Agarwal
Apollo Spectra Hospital, Chembur
Fortune Clinic, Chembur
Global Piles Clinic Chembur
Prime Surgical Clinic , Chembur
Phone: 77009 77182