Minor rectal bleeding can be alarming. Most of us worry that it's a sign of colon cancer. While it's important to tell your doctor about rectal bleeding, the two most common causes are easy to fix.
Although more serious than diverticulosis, the related condition diverticulitis is seldom fatal. And patients often are led to believe myths about the condition that unnecessarily stress them out.
If your bottom itches, the problem may not be hemorrhoids — it may be chemicals in the wipes you use or overdoing the cleaning bit.
People hear “surgery” and they think “scalpel” or “scar.” Today, transanal endoscopic microsurgery, or TEMS, is a great option for removing early stage cancer and benign polyps in the rectum — all without a surgical incision.
Single-port colon removal can help patients with colon cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis and constipation. Colorectal surgeon Meagan Costedio, MD, explains.
Surgery with a robot may sound like science fiction, yet it’s being used to help both patients and surgeons with certain procedures. Meagan Costedio, MD, regularly uses minimally invasive techniques to perform surgery, which includes using robots that give her four arms.
Surgery is evolving to be less, well, surgical. It involves fewer incisions, less recovery time and hidden scars. Today, even an entire colon can be removed through a person’s belly button.