People self-diagnosing hemorrhoids is something doctors often see. But before you blame hemorrhoids, you may want to consider other reasons for itching and irritation.
Observing simple rules such as drinking enough water, including more fiber in your diet and exercising can help you maintain your regularity. Some other aids, like Squatty Potty can also help.
If you’re facing surgery, you’ve probably wondered about what your scar will look like. But have you stopped to think about those other scars – the ones on the inside? You should. These inner scars – tough tissue bands that form between your abdominal tissues and organs – can develop after surgery. Also known as … Read More
The first thing most people worry about when they have minor rectal bleeding is that they have a cancer. Of course, colon cancer is what I worry most about, too. But it’s the cause of rectal bleeding only 1 to 2 percent of the time. Two problems are usually responsible for blood on the paper, … Read More
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There is a lot of misinformation floating around about diverticular disease – namely diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Patients believe they can’t eat nuts or seeds, one of the most common myths, or they are simply confused about the difference between conditions. Below, the most common myths are dispelled. Myth 1: If you have diverticular disease, you … Read More
What surgery is done without any incisions? People hear “surgery” and they think “scalpel” or “scar.” But today, there are surgeries that can be performed without one cut, such as transanal endoscopic microsurgery, or TEMS. This procedure is performed entirely through the anus and rectum and offers an effective, quick-recovery treatment to completely remove large … Read More
Not so long ago, surgeons needed to make a 10- or 15-inch incision in a person’s abdomen to remove a person’s colon. Today, a person’s entire large intestine and rectum (which make up the colon) can be removed leaving only a coin-sized scar hidden in a person’s belly button. In my practice, I remove one … Read More
Most of my surgeries are done laparoscopically. That means that instead of making a long painful incision, I can take out a colon using tiny incisions that are hard to see and cause less pain after surgery. I get to try the newest innovations in the field of laparoscopy. This includes a robot that transforms … Read More
When laparoscopy was new in the 1990s, many colorectal surgeons thought it was a bad idea. It was never going to apply to colon surgery. This minimally invasive technique was good for gallbladder surgery, but for colon surgery, we thought it was not worth the time or the effort. The surgery was difficult to perform … Read More