Dr. Ebanks’ extensive experience in general surgery has prepared her to address a number of proctology-related concerns
Notably hemorrhoids, anal fissures, skin tags and fistulas. Below is more on these concerns.
This is a common problem that affects the majority of adults at one time or another. Hemorrhoids are normal cushions of veins and tissue located in the anorectal area. However, the term is now commonly used to describe a condition where they become swollen, bleed, itch and cause pain. Hemorrhoids usually occur as a result of straining to move stool, but they may also be a byproduct of pregnancy, aging or intercourse. Hemorrhoids can be located further up in the rectum out of sight, where they are referred to as internal hemorrhoids. External or prolapsed hemorrhoids are those that protrude past the opening of the anus.
An anal fissure is a thin tear in the anal tissue. It may result in bright red bleeding when passing stool. Fissures can also lead to symptoms similar to those found with hemorrhoids, such as itching and pain. Anal fissures are often a result of either constipation or diarrhea. In some cases, the fissure does not heal properly, resulting in a painful sore that continues to open up and cause worsening symptoms. These severe and chronic fissures may require a doctor’s intervention to heal completely. Common causes of fissures are constipation, chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), pregnancy and childbirth.
An anal fistula is a small tunnel that connects an infected anal gland or abscess to an opening in the skin around the anus. Symptoms often include discharge from the anus as well as pain and swelling. Fistulas typically do not go away on their own; surgery is often required to remove the fistula as well as the source of the infection. Treatment depends on the specific type of fistula, and there are a variety of treatment options available. Fistulas can be a complication of Crohn's disease, injuries and foreign bodies and certain infections.
A hiatal hernia occurs at a weak point in the diaphragm, which is a muscle that separates the lungs from the abdominal organs. It usually presents as heartburn and can range in severity.
Dr. Ebanks treats many of these and other proctology concerns. Due to her extensive training, patients can be rest assured their conditions will be properly diagnosed and treated at Dr. Ebanks’ private office. If the problem requires surgery, Dr. Ebanks works at the CTMH Doctors Hospital or HSA to address all of your surgical proctology needs.