Brooke Gurland, MD

Brooke Gurland, MD

Brooke Gurland, MD, is a surgeon with the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Her specialty interests include functional bowel disorders, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. Gurland is board-certified in general and colorectal surgery, and trained in laparoscopic, robotic and pelvic surgery.

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Woman in pain

Constipation: 6 Ways to Unblock Yourself

Tags: celiac disease, constipation, digestive health, fiber, hypercalcemia, hyperthyroidism, irritable bowel syndrome, stress

You can find relief whether your constipation is a typical case or something more serious. The difference comes in how you find relief.

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8 Tips to Keep You Regular While Traveling

Tags: constipation, diarrhea, fiber, stomach ache, travel, travel tips

You can fight traveler’s constipation or diarrhea by following your normal diet and exercise routine, drinking plenty of water and getting rest.

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How You Can Deal With Anal Fissures

Tags: anal fissure, digestive health, hemorrhoids

There’s a common culprit behind pain, bleeding and itching in the rear: anal fissures. Find out how to prevent and treat this condition.

Woman in pain

When Fistula Interferes With Your Life, Get Help

Tags: childbirth, Crohn's disease, digestive disease, digestive health, fistula

If your bowels and urinary tract are like a plumbing system, a fistula is like an untrained plumber — connecting things that should not be connected. The good news: It is typically treatable.

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4 Simple Ways You Can Prevent Hemorrhoids

Tags: diet, exercise, hemorrhoids

There are plenty of treatment options for hemorrhoids — but it’s better to avoid getting them in the first place.

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You Can Improve Accidental Bowel Leakage

Tags: accidental bowel leakage, bowel control issues, bowel disorder, fecal incontinence, incontinence

If you experience accidental bowel leakage, don’t shy away from talking about it. Both conservative and advanced solutions are available to help you take back control.

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Sitting Pretty: Answers to 4 Questions About Hemorrhoids

Tags: hemorrhoids, treatments

From “rubber banding” to cosmetic questions, find out how to make the best treatment decision for you.


The Scoop on Poop: 5 Facts You Should Know

Tags: bowel health, bowels, colon cancer, colon cancer awareness month 2013, digestive health, hemorrhoids

From colon cancer concerns to stress, what are your bowel movements telling you?

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Colon Cleansing: Is It Safe?

Tags: colon, colon cancer, colon cancer awareness 2013, colon cleansing, colon surgery, colonic hydrotherapy, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, heart disease, ischemic colitis, kidney disease, laxatives, rectum, ulcerative colitis

Colon cleansing, also called colonic hydrotherapy and colonic irrigation, has become a popular complementary treatment. While it helps some patients with specific problems, I caution people about its use outside of a certified specialist supervision.

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Hemorrhoids: Treatments and Tips

Tags: anal cancer, excisional hemorrhoidectomy, hemorrhoidal disease, hemorrhoids, laxatives, sclerotherapy

Brooke Gurland, MD, Department of Colorectal Surgery, talks about the diagnosis and treatment of hemorrhoids — and how to avoid getting them in the first place.