Most people do not have the correct conception about piles (also called hemorrhoids). It's only when the pain becomes unbearable accompanied with loss of blood a person seeks advice from family members or close friends. Visiting a doctor for appropriate treatment is probably the last option that people choose. In this article we highlight the importance of seeking medical help for piles at the right time. We also discuss what exactly piles are and its causes symptoms and treatment with inputs from our expert Dr Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja laparoscopic GI & colorectal surgeon. What are piles? When do they occur?