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The Colorectal Robot

Posted: Nov 18 in Patient Education by Stephen Yoo
colorectal robotic surgery

Get the PDF version of this article A TOOL?  A TOY?  AN ADVANCE? TO FIND OUT, FINISH WITH THE BIG QUESTIONS (A Caveat : This is an overview of a relatively new technology and a new surgical endeavor. It is not an exhaustive review and it is not meant as a substitute for scientific research. […]

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Colorectal Cancer Genetics For Dummies

Posted: Nov 16 in Patient Education by Gary Hoffman
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Get the PDF version of this article Amaze Your Friends. Dazzle Your Colleagues. (Maybe Even Save a Life) If you wish to bedazzle and standout as an authority at medical conferences, the information in this newsletter will help to achieve that goal. But speak thoughtfully. Genetics is a complicated, and ever-changing field, and someone with […]

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Prevention and Management of Nonhealing Perineal Wounds

Posted: Jul 19 in Patient Education by Allen Kamrava
Prevention and Management of Nonhealing Perineal Wounds

Get the PDF version of this article The Perineal Wound The  perineal wound  resulting  from  an abdominoperineal resection  (APR) has always   been  considered  troublesome. Miles’  original description  of the treatment of the  perineal incision  involved leaving  it open  to heal by secondary intention, a  strategy resulting in  a  long-term chronic  wound.6 Modern use  of  chemotherapy […]

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The Rhomboid Flap for Pilonidal Disease

Posted: Jul 04 in Patient Education by Allen Kamrava
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Get the PDF version of this article What is a Rhomboid Anyway? THE BASICS. Pilonidal disease represents several forms of a single abnormality. Pilonidal disease may consist of nothing more than asymptomatic midline skin pits overlying the sacrococcygeal area. At the other extreme, the disease may be a large complex abscess associated with sepsis. In […]

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Exparel Local Anesthesia: Postoperative Pain Management in Anorectal Surgery

Posted: Apr 22 in Patient Education by Stephen Yoo
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Anorectal Surgery. Often, a painful cure. And worse, the performance of the curative operation is only fifty percent of the battle. Sleepless nights await both the patient and the surgeon once the cure has been inflicted. Postoperative pain relief represents the other fifty percent of the battle. [Read more]

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Fecal Microbial Transplantation (FMT)

Posted: Feb 27 in Patient Education by Allen Kamrava
Clostridium difficile. A bacillus and a spore.

Fecal transplantation involves obtaining stool from a healthy donor, and transferring it into the colon of the patient with the stubborn infection. The rationale is that the reintroduced “good” bacteria will replace the “bad” bacteria and allow for a full and complete recovery. [Read more]

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Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) and Fecal Microbial Transplantation (FMT)

Posted: Jan 24 in Blog, Patient Education by Allen Kamrava
Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) and Fecal Microbial Transplantation (FMT)

Studies have shown that FMT cures chronic infections of C. Diff in over ninety percent of patients. Other investigators in countries around the world have reproduced this success rate. This is a higher cure rate than has ever been achieved using conventional antibiotic treatments. [Read more]

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THD: A New Approach?

Posted: Dec 10 in Patient Education by
THD A New Approach

A relatively new, tested and improving technology is making steady gains in the realm of operative interventions. It is transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD). It is considered to be a part of the “minimally invasive” family of surgical interventions. [Read more]

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Anal and Transanal Surgical Techniques

Posted: Sep 25 in Patient Education by
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection

It is axiomatic that a happy rectum and a happy mind (and body) go hand in hand. So, how do colorectal surgeons remove abnormal tissue from the 20 cm long rectum while not disturbing its happy functioning? By using transanal surgical techniques, the surgeon may be able to avoid having to perform a complex abdominal proctectomy, thus sparing the rectum. [Read more]

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Colonic Volvulus

Posted: May 31 in Patient Education by
Figure 1: Sigmoid volvulus, with a "bent inner tube" sign.

Adding to life’s twists and turns, is an entity known as colonic volvulus. The word volvulus is derived from the Latin term meaning torsion or twisting. Although the linguistic anatomy may be obscure, the intestinal anatomy is clear. The colon and its mesentery twist, leading to a closed loop colonic obstruction, a more proximal intestinal obstruction, and an abdominal crisis. [Read more]

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