For many people, anorectal disorders such as hemorrhoids, fecal incontinence, fistulas, abscesses or fissures are a source of discomfort, pain, embarrassment and worry. With prompt treatment and certain lifestyle changes, these conditions can be treated, usually on an outpatient basis. In addition, seeing a doctor as soon as symptoms develop can help ensure that the condition does not get worse or mask a more serious condition, such as anal cancer.
Maintaining Good Health
Although many people are reluctant or embarrassed to see their doctors about anorectal disorders, doing so is a critical step to maintaining good health. Diseases, such as colon or anal cancer, have symptoms that can be mistaken for those of less serious anorectal disorders, such as hemorrhoids or fissures. Only a physician can make an accurate diagnosis of what is causing the symptoms. Here, doctors provide some suggestions that can help you maintain the best possible digestive health.