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Rectal Bleeding Specialist

Digestive Disease Care

Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists located in Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, Hicksville, Forest Hills, & Jamaica, NY

At the New York offices of Digestive Disease Care in Forest Hills and Jamaica in Queens, and Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, and Hicksville in Long Island, the skilled gastroenterology team offers comprehensive care for unexplained rectal bleeding. The physicians focus on accurately identifying the root cause of bleeding and create a treatment plan to resolve your issues quickly. Schedule a diagnostic evaluation for rectal bleeding by calling Digestive Disease Care or by booking an appointment online today.

Rectal Bleeding Q & A

What causes rectal bleeding?

You may first notice unexplained bleeding from the rectum when wiping after a bowel movement. Blood on toilet paper may appear bright red or dark black and may also be noticeable in the toilet bowl.

Because there may be several underlying causes of rectal bleeding, you should schedule diagnostic testing at Digestive Disease Care as soon as possible. Rectal bleeding can be an indication of conditions like:

  • Polyps
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures
  • Intestinal infections

Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, may also cause rectal bleeding as can cancers of the colon and anus.

How is rectal bleeding diagnosed?

The medical team at Digestive Disease Care provides prompt diagnostic testing for rectal bleeding. They start by reviewing your personal and family medical history, your overall lifestyle and diet, and the frequency and severity of your symptoms.

To identify hemorrhoids or anal tears (fissures), your provider performs a physical and digital rectal exam.

If more testing is needed to identify the cause of rectal bleeding, your Digestive Disease Care provider may request an endoscopy. This minimally invasive test involves inserting a scope with an attached camera in your anus to explore your lower digestive tract. Your provider can identify signs of polyps, infection, or inflammation through an endoscopy.

How is rectal bleeding treated?

Your Digestive Disease Care provider customizes your treatment plan for rectal bleeding based on the underlying cause of your condition. If you have hemorrhoids, you may need a ligation procedure, which involves placing a rubber band on the enlarged vein to cut off its blood supply.

You may need topical treatments to relieve pain and promote the healing of anal fissures. Oral or topical antibiotics may be necessary to clear bacterial infections in your digestive tract.

To ensure the long-term health of your digestive symptoms, your Digestive Disease Care provider may recommend changes in your eating and lifestyle, such as adding more fiber to your diet and getting at least 30 minutes of daily exercise. 

If you experience rectal bleeding, don’t delay scheduling a diagnostic evaluation at Digestive Disease Care. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.