Racing stripes for grown-ups

When doing the laundry at home, it’s common to find “racing stripes” in your kids’ underwear. But it could be a sign of something that goes beyond a bad wipe if you find them in yours.

If you’re using a lot of toilet paper, more than you used to, but still find you aren’t quite there in terms of cleanliness, you probably have internal hemorrhoids.

To understand why internal hemorrhoids can cause the “never-ending wipe,” you’ll have to first learn a little anatomy.

Inside your anal canal are three inflatable areas called anal cushions. Whenever you put pressure on your abdomen, such as during lifting, straining, or coughing, the anal cushions instantly inflate with blood to form a strong seal that blocks the opening and prevents you from leaking stool. If you didn’t have them, you would probably leak a little bit every time you bent down to tie your shoes. With time, the anal cushions can get stretched out and cause problems, at which point they become internal hemorrhoids. Commonly, the enlarged internal hemorrhoids can interfere with the normal closing of the sphincter muscle after bowel movements. If the sphincter stays propped open, you can’t get clean.

Thankfully, I can help you lose the stripes and win the race.

I offer two, non-surgical methods to treat hemorrhoids. One reduces the blood flow that feeds the hemorrhoids, improving inflammation and causing them to shrink. The other is better suited to removing larger hemorrhoids. Both take just a few seconds to do. Since they are performed in an area with no nerve endings, they can be administered right in the comfort of my office without anesthesia.

There is virtually no pain, no prep needed, there are no major restrictions, and you don’t have to take time off of work. Our procedures are also covered by insurance.

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