Hemorrhoid Specialist

Michael Morris, MD. FRCS.

General Surgeon Serving the communities of Houston, TX

Hemorrhoids affect millions of Americans today. If you’re tired of dealing with the itching, pain, and general embarrassment of hemorrhoids, hemorrhoid surgery at Surgical Associates in Humble, Texas, can help. Experienced surgeon Michael Morris, MD, FRCF, skillfully removes hemorrhoids and repairs other anal problems like fissures and fistulas using state-of-the-art surgical protocols. Book your appointment online or call the office today.

Hemorrhoid Q & A

What is hemorrhoid?

A hemorrhoid is a swollen blood vessel in your rectum or anus. Internal hemorrhoids are completely inside your rectum, while external hemorrhoids are around your anal opening. Prolapsed hemorrhoids are those that push out of your anal entrance.

Although hemorrhoids aren’t dangerous, they’re often highly irritating and uncomfortable. If you have hemorrhoids, you may experience problems such as:

  • Painful bowel movements
  • Bleeding during bowel movements
  • Itchiness
  • Swollen anus
  • Leaking stool between bowel movements

These symptoms can also occur with other conditions, including anal fissures and anal fistulas, so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis from Dr. Morris at Surgical Associates when you have the symptoms.

What are fissures and fistulas?

An anal fissure is a tear in the skin just inside your anal entrance. It’s often caused by passing hard stools. A fistula is an infected channel going between the bowel and the anal opening. Fistulas are often related to infections in and around the anus.

Anal fissures and fistulas can both cause painful bowel movements, bloody bowel movements, blood when you wipe, and other symptoms. Treatment can be either surgical or nonsurgical, but in general surgical correction is the best long-term way to treat these issues.

How does hemorrhoid surgery work?

There are many different types of hemorrhoid removal, but the most common hemorrhoid removal surgery is hemorrhoidectomy. In this procedure, Dr. Morris administers either a local or regional anesthetic (spinal block) to keep you numb while he surgically excises the hemorrhoids.

Dr. Morris usually sutures the skin closed afterward, but in some cases, he may leave it open to heal naturally. Hemorrhoidectomy is so effective because it removes the blood vessels rather than trying to relocate them or alter them.

If you’re not a candidate for hemorrhoid surgery, Dr. Morris may recommend an alternative procedure. Other options may include hemorrhoid stapling, which pushes the hemorrhoids up and secures them in place, or rubber band ligation, which cuts off the hemorrhoid blood supply to make it wither over time.

If hemorrhoids are making your life hard, schedule a consultation with a hemorrhoid surgery expert. Call Surgical Associates or book an appointment online today.