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How Long Do Hemorrhoids Last?

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDHemorrhoids are among the most common afflictions of the gastrointestinal system. Among American adults, approximately half will have experienced symptoms of hemorrhoids by age 50. Despite this surprising statistic, hemorrhoids are rarely discussed in the mainstream media or even in the medical literature. This may be because hemorrhoids are

Anal skin tag treatment options

Medically reviewed by: Liza M. Capiendo, MDAnal skin tags are a common, benign condition that many people get removed due to cosmetic reasons. However, sometimes they can become sensitive and cause pain or itching.  If you’re suffering from anal skin tags and wondering what your treatment options are, read on to find out what exactly

How to Treat Rectal Leakage (Incontinence) and Other Important Facts

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDAre you suffering from rectal leakage? There’s hope! You’re going to learn how your condition can be treated. You’ll know you’re suffering from rectal leakage, or fecal incontinence, if you’re unable to control your bowel movements, causing your feces (stool) to leak accidentally from your rectum. You may either

Actor Chadwick Boseman Faced Several Risk Factors for Colon Cancer Before Diagnosis

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD Chadwick Boseman, famed actor best known for portraying the title role in Marvel’s “Black Panther” and baseball legend Jackie Robinson in “42,” died after a four-year battle with colon cancer last week. He was 43.  Boseman’s passing came as a shock to fans because of his youth and

Hemorrhoid Treatment

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDWhile most hemorrhoids heal with just hemorrhoid relief at home, more serious or recurrent cases require in-office treatment or surgical removal. A hemorrhoidectomy used to be the most effective option for most patients, but today more and more people seek alternatives to a traditional hemorrhoid removal procedure. Whatever form

Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD Get the PDF version of this article When To Call The Surgeon Diverticula are small areas of mucosal herniation through the colonic wall. They are pulsion diverticula or pseudodiverticula containing only the mucosal layer of the colon.  They typically occur in the left colon and sigmoid colon.  As

How to Wash Your Hands Like a Surgeon

Medically reviewed by: Liza M. Capiendo, MDOne of the few things everyone seems to agree on about the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of washing your hands thoroughly and ensuring your children know how to do the same. As surgeons, we have to follow certain techniques to prepare for procedures. While we need to

Hemorrhoid Donut Pillows: Everything You Need to Know to Avoid Causing Yourself More Pain

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDDonut pillows are one of the most common tools people consider when trying to figure out how to live with their hemorrhoid symptoms. When you have a literal pain in the backside, sitting down is not likely to be at the top of your to-do list.  In theory, a

The Perirectal Fistula:
An old problem, new options

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD Get the PDF version of this article The abscess… a fistula in the making. Anorectal abscesses are fairly common and are a source of considerable morbidity. Beginning as perianal or perirectal cellulitis originating from an anal gland infection, the inflammatory process grows and spreads to the soft tissues

Thrombotic Hemorrhoids

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD Get the PDF version of this article Have You Had One Yet? Chances are that if you are reading this, you either have a great intellectual curiosity about all things medical, or, you have been vexed by your very own little ball of joy… the thrombotic hemorrhoid. You

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