Diagnosing Rectal Pain
Patients commonly visit Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York to learn more about tratment for rectal pain. In this video, Dr. Mala Balakumar explains the various conditions that could be causing rectal pain. If you are experiencing this concern, it is important to have it evaluated.View transcript
Rectal pain is a common symptom that people come to our office to have evaluated. So rectal pain can be caused by many different things in the anal rectal area. Hemorrhoids are very common. In addition, you can have rectal pain come from fissures, or abscess, or even a fistula. And oftentimes we do diagnose other things, such as polyps, tumors, or cancers. It may require an exam, such as anoscopy, or even something a little bit more deeper as in a rigid proctosigmoidoscopy, but most importantly is to come in and have it evaluated. If it's something like a hemorrhoid, we can do many different things. Sometimes it's a matter of dietary changes or habit changes. Sometimes we can do some office-based treatments, such as injections or rubber banding. Occasionally, we may have to refer you for surgery, but a lot of the treatments for hemorrhoids can be office based. Rectal pain is one of those symptoms that patients really find it difficult to talk to their doctor about, and we understand that. But the most important thing is to have it evaluated because it could be also a sign of something more concerning. So for us to understand what your problem is, the best thing is to call in and make an appointment at CRSSNY.