Proctologist Questions Hemorrhoids

How are hemorrhoids treated in elderly people?

My father, who is 72 years old, is suffering from hemorrhoids. What would be the course of treatment for him? Would it be different because he's older?

3 Answers

By definition, everyone has “hemorrhoids.” We were born with them. I instruct patients they are the normal flooding and/or “pleats” at the junction of the anus and rectum. They allow for the anal canal to expand and open during defecation. If the hemorrhoidal tissue becomes larger in size, it becomes bothersome. It completely depends on a patient's examination in the office. Age has nothing to do with hemorrhoids.
Hope that helps.
Yes at his age I would recommend rubber band ligations.
No difference based on age.