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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

Is There Any Place for a Human Surgeon in Operating Room?

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD Get the PDF version of this article YES! SOMEONE MUST BE ABLE TO PRESS THE EMERGENCY STOP BUTTON ON THE ROBOT. The following is: A. An editorial B. Science fiction C. Crazy D. All of the above When asked about the source of inspiration for his science fiction,

Rectal Cancer Treatment. Watch and Wait? A Definite Maybe.

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD Get the PDF version of this article Managing the Complete Clinical Response There are over 43,000 new cases of rectal cancer diagnosed every year in the United States. Following preoperative treatment with chemotherapy and radiation, also known as neoadjuvant therapy, radical surgical resection has been the next therapeutic

How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDAre you at least 50 years old?  Or experiencing  symptoms, like diarrhea, constipation, cramps, and bloody stools? Did your doctor recommend that you have a colonoscopy? But you chose to ignore that request? Many people who should have such a screening or surveillance,  do not follow through with it.

Embarrassed by Your Hemorrhoids?

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDA quick online search turns up many people suffering from painful and annoying anal itching and burning, all looking for assurance their hemorrhoid symptoms will go away on their own instead of having to face a doctor. We get it – hemorrhoids are embarrassing. As it turns out, most

What Happens if a Polyp Is Cancerous?

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MDThe great majority of polyps we remove during colonoscopies are benign. However, because almost all colon cancers begin as a seemingly benign polyp, we generally remove any polyps we discover. Once removed, we send them to a laboratory and look at them under a microscope for further testing. This

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