Rectal Pain

The majority of patients with anal or rectal pain seen in a colon and rectal surgeon’s office will complain of hemorrhoids, but a careful history and examination by an experienced physician is necessary to make a correct diagnosis. Some patients will have long-standing complaints of pain and/or rectal bleeding that are not attributable to hemorrhoidal disease. Other serious diseases such as anal and colorectal cancer should be ruled out by consultation with a physician knowledgeable in evaluating the anal and rectal area.