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Bleeding from rectum. 88 years old with hemorrhoids. Worth it to fix them if health problems?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery
8 doctors agree

In brief: Colonoscopy okay?

Your bleeding problem might be as simple as hemorrhoids bleeding; if so, a rectal procedure can be low risk and offer you a significant benefit.
However, with other concerns "age" and "health problems", your bleeding problem might not be simple. See your primary doc, get a colonoscopy and depending on those results, your doc will help you decide the best action.

In brief: Colonoscopy okay?

Your bleeding problem might be as simple as hemorrhoids bleeding; if so, a rectal procedure can be low risk and offer you a significant benefit.
However, with other concerns "age" and "health problems", your bleeding problem might not be simple. See your primary doc, get a colonoscopy and depending on those results, your doc will help you decide the best action.
Dr. Tracy Berg
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2 comments
Dr. Addagada Rao
yes , malignancy is the first consideration in rectal bleeding until proved otherwise by a professional
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Fairly common for these to be cancer, and they are not easy to manage
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: "Fix" could be easy

It is definitely worth being seen by a specialist for proper diagnosis and a management plan.
Some simple diet changes may be all that is needed. Make sure to discuss the risks and benefits in your situation with your specialist before embarking on any interventional treatment.

In brief: "Fix" could be easy

It is definitely worth being seen by a specialist for proper diagnosis and a management plan.
Some simple diet changes may be all that is needed. Make sure to discuss the risks and benefits in your situation with your specialist before embarking on any interventional treatment.
Dr. Jan Rakinic
Dr. Jan Rakinic
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