Office Proctology

Hemorrhoids, Anal Fissure, Anal fistula, Pruritus Ani, Anal Warts, Anal Skin Tags, and Rectal prolapse

At Colorectal Health Northwest we understand how painful and distressing problems around the anus can be. Rest assured that not only are our Doctors experts in diagnosing and treating these problems but they also strive to do so in a manner that causes the least discomfort possible.

Office Proctology

If you have any of these symptoms or problems, please call our office to make an appointment.

  • Hemorrhoids: There are two types of hemorrhoids, internal and external. When they are symptomatic, they can cause pain, bleeding, and/or itching.
    • External hemorrhoids (outside hemorrhoids): These are the hemorrhoids on the outside that you can feel. They are covered with skin and are sometimes called skin tags. External hemorrhoids and skin tags can be removed if they are causing symptoms, but since they are covered with skin, there may be some discomfort for a time after removal.
    • Internal hemorrhoids (Inside hemorrhoids): These are the hemorrhoids up inside your rectum. Normally you can’t feel these hemorrhoids but they do stick out sometimes. These hemorrhoids have little sensation and can often be treated in a relatively painless manner in the office.
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula: Anal Fistulas are connections from inside the rectum out onto the skin around the anus. They are usually the result of an abscess. Patients may experience pain and or drainage at the opening of the fistula on the skin. Fistulas are usually treated by surgery and there are many different surgical procedures used to treat the fistula depending on where the fistula is located.
  • Pruritus Ani: Click here to read about pruritus ani and to see the video interview with Dr. Cavanaugh.
  • Anal Warts: Anal warts or Condyloma are caused by the HPV virus. They can be treated in several different ways depending on the size, number, and location of the warts. Smaller warts can often be treated with topical medications while larger ones may need surgery to be removed. Our Doctors can provide all types of treatment for warts and can determine the best treatment for your particular case. For more information about anal warts.
  • Anal Skin Tags: These are excess skin around the anus. They can occur spontaneously, after pregnancy, or can be the result of burned out hemorrhoids. Most skin tags can be removed in the office with minimal discomfort.
  • Rectal Prolapse: Rectal prolapse is often confused with hemorrhoidal prolapse. The two conditions are treated very differently and therefore it is important to have a correct diagnosis. Hemorrhoidal prolapse is treated just like hemorrhoids, while rectal prolapse requires surgery to correct it. With rectal prolapse part of the rectum loses its normal attachments to the inside of the body and part of or all of the rectum can slide out. Our doctors are trained to tell the difference between the two and to treat both.
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