Rectal Pain & Bleeding Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL, South Elgin, IL & Lake In The Hills, IL

Rectal pain and bleeding can be caused by an irritated hemorrhoid or by a more serious issue like colorectal cancer. Either way, it’s best to seek care from trained specialists. The providers at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, are board-certified gastroenterologists who specialize in issues related to your gastrointestinal tract, which includes rectal pain and bleeding. This group of dedicated professionals is also committed to providing patient-focused care that keeps your needs and concerns at the forefront whenever you visit the office. Call today for an appointment or book a visit using the online scheduling tool.

Rectal Pain & Bleeding Q & A

What Causes Rectal Pain and Bleeding?

Many conditions can lead to rectal pain and bleeding. Most aren’t serious and respond well to treatment. A few, however, are a cause for concern, including colorectal cancer. Because there’s really no way to determine what might be causing your bleeding without an exam, it’s recommended that you see a physician when you develop rectal bleeding.

Hemorrhoids are the most common cause of rectal bleeding and pain, but it can also be caused by:

  • An anal fissure
  • Diverticulosis or diverticulitis
  • Perianal abscess or fistula
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Ulcers
  • Colon or rectal polyps

Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group specialist uses the most advanced technology available to diagnose and treat the cause of your rectal bleeding and pain. And although the topic might be embarrassing, you can count on a relaxed and welcoming environment that puts you at ease.

What is an Anal Fissure?

An anal fissure is a split or tear in the tissue lining the anus. This often causes bleeding and burning pain with bowel movements. An anal fissure typically occurs with the passage of very hard stool and is sometimes mistaken for hemorrhoids.

They often improve on their own, but pain can be reduced with the application of medicated ointment. It’s not common, but surgery is sometimes recommended to speed the healing of a chronic or recurrent fissure.

What is a Perianal Abscess or Fistula?

Small glands inside the anus help to pass stool. If one of these glands becomes blocked, it can become infected and cause a pocket of pus or abscess. Unless it’s very large, the abscess is typically drained in the office using a local anesthetic.

Larger abscesses can require a general anesthetic, which means you’ll sleep through the procedure. About 33% of all perianal abscesses develop into an anal fistula, which is a hollow tunnel-like opening in the skin that connects two spaces and requires surgery to heal.

Schedule an appointment at the Illinois Gastroenterology Group today for an evaluation and treatment of your rectal pain and bleeding. Try the convenient online scheduling tool or give the office a call.