How Are Hemorrhoids Graded?

Hemorrhoids are more common than most people realize. One study found that approximately 10 million people in the United States are suffering from hemorrhoids at any given time.  Since most people are hesitant to talk to their doctors about their symptoms and first try over-the-counter treatments, the actual numbers could be much higher.   Why

Hemorrhoids and Rubber Band Ligation

Rubber Band Ligation. Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates. Hemorrhoids are normal parts of our anatomy.  Hemorrhoids are abnormal.  How can both of these statements exist in the same paragraph?  Proctologists, also known as colon and rectal surgeons, tell us that both statement are true. We are born with hemorrhoids.  In fact, the main

Anal Fissures: Lots of Pain, Many Causes

Ouch!  A Bowel Movement And Then Pain.  And Maybe Even Some Blood. Much has been written about anal fissures.  And just about everyone knows that the Proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon, is the person to see when you have a fissure.  We all know about the pain that comes with the

Traditional Hemorrhoidectomy: Is It Still Relevant?

Who Needs The Traditional Hemorrhoidectomy? Prior to the advent of newer operative procedures for the treatment of hemorrhoids, the only tool in the armamentarium of the proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon, was a surgical hemorrhoidectomy.  The surgeon simply cut out the hemorrhoids.  With the advent of PPH (procedure For Prolapse And

Medical Treatment for Anal Fissures

There Is A First Time For Everything. An anal fissure is one of life’s more painful conditions.  Often, excruciatingly painful.  And, for patients experiencing the fissure for the first time (yes, it can recur over and over again), the pain is made worse by lack of knowledge as to how to treat the fissure, and

Hemorrhoids & Sclerotherapy, These Shots Help

Hemorrhoids Are A pain, But these Shots Help And Don’t Hurt In Los Angeles, and in all cities across the United States, people have hemorrhoids.  In fact, the majority of adults have them. Hemorrhoids are a major source of confusion, laughter and trips to the drug store for remedies.  When the store bought remedies and

Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Get the PDF version of this article “All Bleeding Stops…Eventually” Usually Upper or Lower. Not Middle. Gastrointestinal bleeding is a common condition and can vary in degree from mild to life threatening. As the name implies, bleeding can be anywhere along the GI tract, but is most common from an upper GI source (esophagus, stomach

Anal Fissures: The Right Diet to Avoid Surgery

The Anal Fissure.  This Diet Might Help. An anal fissure is like a paper cut that most people have had at one time or another.  The only difference is that unlike the paper cut between two fingers, the anal fissure is a cut or tear of the anal opening.  In fact, the painful anal fissure

Hemorrhoids: Whats the Worst That Can Happen?

Hemorrhoids.  Usually Just Annoying.  But They Could Be Worse. Most adults know about hemorrhoids.  If you haven’t laughed at a hemorrhoid joke, if you haven’t seen a Preparation H commercial, or if you have not experienced a symptom from a hemorrhoid, then you probably are not yet an adult.  Lucky you.  A proctologist, also known

Lipomas: Non-Cancerous Tumor

What Is A Lipoma? Lipomas are fairly common, and in fact are the most common non-cancerous tumor diagnosed. The growth is a pocket of fat cells just under the skin. While these tumors are most common on the skin of the chest, back and shoulders, they may also grow in the gastrointestinal tract. The colon

Can Prolonged Sitting Cause Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids typically aren’t life threatening, but they can be rather uncomfortable. They’re also very common, affecting about half of all adults before they reach age 50. This is, in part, due to the fact that many people spend long hours sitting both on the job and at home.  Hemorrhoids are one of the most common

Can Hemorrhoids Burst?

Hemorrhoidal tissue is a normal part of everyone’s anatomy; everyone has these veins. In some people, though, they become enlarged. This leads to pain, irritation and sometimes bleeding. Reports indicate that about 40 percent of adults in the United States suffer from this condition. Many people fear not only the pain and itching associated with

Tem. Tamis. Same Local Excision, Different Acronyms.

Get the PDF version of this article. Alphabet Soup What is TEM? What is TAMIS? Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM), or Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) are two acronyms for the same operative procedure, in which a rectal mass or lesion is removed using a minimally invasive approach through the anal opening.   TEM was developed to

Hemorrhoids And Colon Cancer

Myth And Fact How often does a busy proctologist (a colon and rectal surgeon) hear: “Can my hemorrhoids turn into colon cancer?”  Or, this one: “I see blood in my stool.  Have my hemorrhoids become malignant?”   Perhaps these questions are asked out of fear, and perhaps from misunderstanding.  Perhaps the stress of big city life

Ruptured Hemorrhoid Symptoms

Blood In Your Stool. Hemorrhoids? Noticing blood in your stool can be a frightening experience.  If this is the first time that you have seen the blood, the feelings and thoughts can go beyond frightening.  However, a quick trip to the proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon, is usually reassuring. There’s Blood

Treatment for a Diverticulitis Colon Abscess

Symptoms If you have a colon abscess caused by diverticulitis, you might not know it right away. The initial symptoms may feel like the flu. Diarrhea or constipation, lack of appetite, fever, and chills can sometimes be an indicator of a diverticular abscess. But if you have severe pain or pressure in your lower abdomen,

Cedars-Sinai Proctologists

Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates No one wants to hear the news…you have cancer. But many people will develop colorectal cancer.   Even more people will face benign problems that affect the colon and rectum. But with the right treatment from the experienced physicians and surgeons of Los Angeles Colon Rectal Surgical Associates,

Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer: Whats the Difference?

Colon CancerColon Cancer.  Rectal Cancer.  Should they Be Combined And Treated The Same? Or, Are They Two different Diseases? By now, thanks to many organizations, news outlets and patient education from physicians, most people know about colon cancer, rectal cancer and the use of colonoscopy to screen for polyps which can transform into a malignancy.

Rectal Bleeding: Is it Hemorrhoids? Rectal Cancer?

Rectal Bleeding. Common. Is It Hemorrhoids? Cancer? Rectal bleeding is not uncommon, especially as we age.  The first time it appears, usually after a bowel movement, reactions range from nonchalance to absolute terror.  Is it cancer?  Is it hemorrhoids? Everyone has heard the old adage “If it is bright red bleeding, it is not serious. 

Do I Have Hemorrhoids or Anal Fissure? Ask a Proctologist

Hemorrhoids.  Fissures.  The Proctologist. Anal pain is common. Most often, the pain is transient. It comes and then it leaves just as quickly. But what happens when it comes, but doesn’t go? What happens when the pain lingers, intensifies and worsens? A trip to the proctologist (also known as a colon and rectal surgeon, or

Hemorrhoids Colonscopies & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Polyps.  Colon Cancer.  Detection. By now, most of us know that a colonoscopy is used to check the lining of the colon and rectum.  This is done to look for benign, early growths called polyps.  Polyps are known to be the precursors of colorectal cancer.  Removing those polyps before they become malignant will prevent the

Hemorrhoids, Toilets & Soft Stool

Nature Calling?  It’s Natural.  What About Stool Softeners? Bowel movements, and toilets are a natural part of our lives.  We may take them for granted in our busy lives in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.  But they are a constant.  Perhaps, this is why we do not usually think about them.  They are a constant. 

Do Stool Softeners Help Relieve Hemorrhoids?

The Good. good and the bad. First the good. Hemorrhoids are normal part of our anatomy.  Everyone has them.  Even animals have them.  What are they?  Hemorrhoids are veins.  They return blood to the heart.  They exist in every square inch of our bodies.  In the anal area, they surround the anal canal and ease

How to Identify Hemorrhoids, Internal & External

About 75 percent of Americans will develop hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, yet many people may not know that there are two varieties of this common problem. Though external and internal hemorrhoids are caused by the same factors, their symptoms can be very different—knowing the signs of each can help you stay free of them and seek treatment for hemorrhoids in Los Angeles as soon as you need it.

Relieving Hemorrhoids at Home

Living with hemorrhoids in Los Angeles can be a pain, but you don’t have to suffer from them idly. While your colorectal specialist can offer methods for hemorrhoid treatment with methods like THD, there are also many things you can do on your own to promote hemorrhoid healing and reduce painful symptoms.

Colonoscopies Necessary Before 50 Years of Age

For a long time a screening colonoscopy at the age of 50 has been standard practice. This is because you are at an increased risk of developing colon cancer as well as other intestinal conditions after the age of 50. By undergoing a screening colonoscopy before you encounter any symptoms that are inhibiting your digestive health, your colon surgeon can evaluate the health of your large intestine, detect abnormalities early on and even remove pre-cancerous growths or polyps before they have the chance to develop into colon cancer.

Sitz Baths Hemorrhoid Treatment

People suffering from hemorrhoids in Los Angeles may benefit from using a sitz bath. Made out of ceramic or plastic, the device fits over a toilet seat and holds warm water. Some models allow for the constant addition of warm water to keep the bath warm.

GI Associated Hemangiomas & Vascular Malformations

First documented in 1839, hemangiomas and vascular malformations of the GI tract are an infrequently encountered entity. Having the potential to occur anywhere along the intestinal system, the small bowel is the most frequent site with hemangiomas and malformations accounting for only 10% of all small bowel tumors.

Anal Cancer – Part 4. Unusual Anal Cancers.

Squamous cell cancer of the anal canal is rare and adenocarcinoma is rarer still, accounting for 10% of all anal cancers. , The three types of anal adenocarcinoma are those arising in the anorectum, those arising in anal glands, and those arising in an anorectal fistula.

Anal Cancer – Part 1. Malignant Precursors.

Anal neoplasms are a rare, diverse group of lesions. Each manifests a different behavior. With the recent publicity surrounding anal cancer, attention has focused on screening, early diagnosis and treatment.

Anorectal Manifestations of Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Part I

The anorectum is a specialized region of the gastrointestinal tract, performing sensory, storage and elimination functions. The mucosal lining in the rectum is columnar. It transitions to a squamous mucosa in the anal canal. It is richly endowed with discriminatory nerve endings to allow the body to distinguish between flatus, liquid and solid waste. While sturdy, the mucosal surfaces are vulnerable to trauma and infections. With or without an anal or rectal injury, sexually transmitted disease may be the source of considerable morbidity. While symptoms may be found in patients with normal immune systems, they are found in increasing frequency in the immunocompromised population. In patients with pre-existing systemic conditions such as AIDS or HIV, common pathogens may take on an even more ominous clinical significance. Part I of this two-part article contains a discussion of the anorectal manifestations of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.

Hemorrhoids – Small Size, Big Problems

Hemorrhoidal disease is a considerable source of morbidity, affecting twenty million adults per year. Symptoms can be debilitating and costly when measured in time away from productive activities. In 1980, during game two of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the Philadelphia Phillies, George Brett was forced to leave the game in the sixth inning due to hemorrhoidal symptoms. After a minor surgical procedure, he returned for game three and hit a first inning home run blast in the Royals 4 to 3 win. He quipped “…my problems are all behind me…” The Royals lost the series and Brett underwent a hemorrhoidectomy in the off season.