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

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

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,

What is a Colon and Rectal Surgeon

Becoming A Surgeon.  Extensive Training A colon and rectal surgeon is a physician with a university degree and a medical degree (M.D.).  Medical school is a four year education during which time the medical student studies all aspects of the human body and then participates in caring for patients.  Following graduation from medical school, the

Colon Polyps: The Good & The Bad

Polyps.  Good One’s.  Bad One’s. Because of intense public education and awareness, it is now common knowledge that colon or rectal polyps can lead to colon cancer if the polyps are not removed.  Polyps are removed during a routine screening colonoscopy. Current recommendations are that all healthy adults over the age of 50 should have

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. 

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

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

Anal & Transanal Surgical Techniques

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.

Exercise Tips for Post Colon Cancer Surgery

Though regular exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle, finding an appropriate workout routine after undergoing colon surgery or treatment for colon cancer in Los Angeles can be tricky. Patients generally benefit from regular exercise while recovering, but it is important to engage in light activities that reduce your chances of straining tender abdominal tissues. As a general rule, consult your colorectal surgeon before engaging in any kind of post-surgery activity, but here are some tips on working out after colon surgery and why it can be a significant help in staying healthy and cancer-free.

Anal Pain

Get the PDF version of this article BEWARE: IT’S NOT ALWAYS JUST HEMORRHOIDS… Anal Pain is common, and commonly misdiagnosed. Most patients and many clinicians assume that a complaint of anal pain is synonymous with a diagnosis of hemorrhoids, especially when the pain is associated with the presence of bright red blood. A familiarity with

Anal Cancer – Rare Malignant Tumors of The Anus

Get the PDF version of this article The Good News? These are Rare Lesions. PERIANAL TUMORS: “Most of these rare anal tumors are aggressive tumors and are difficult to treat. The best that can be said of them is that they are rare.” pdf only Paget’s Disease Perianal Paget’s disease is thought to be a

Polyps – Colon Polyps – Scopefest (LA Daily News article)

Get the PDF version of this article Celebrating Their Health: Colonoscopies Make For A Most Unusual Birthday Party By Valerie Kuklenski, Staff Writer; U-Entertainment Jack Merrick was drawing on the straw in his jumbo Scorpion cocktail with such gusto, it seemed the drink’s floating gardenia would be vacuumed up. Surrounded by old friends, good food,

Virtual Colonoscopy in Los Angeles & Beverly Hills

Approximately 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. It is the second leading cause of cancer mortality, resulting in almost 60,000 deaths every year.1 Cancer of the colon and rectum most commonly develop from precursor adenomatous polyps that increase in size over time.2,3 Early detection and removal of these premalignant polyps usually prevents them from developing into invasive cancer.4,5 This is the rationale behind the colorectal cancer screening recommendations from the American Cancer Society and the American College of Gastroenterology.

Flatulence

Flatus, or gas is an expected and natural by-product of the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. On average, between one half to two liters of gas are produced daily. This gas is eliminated through the anus approximately fourteen times per day.

The formation and elimination of flatus while normal, may be both uncomfortable and embarrassing and may be the source of laughter, concern or curiosity.

Flat Colon Polyps

It is now accepted that most colon cancers originate from benign colon polyps. The cancer-to-polyp sequence is the driving force behind colon screening to find and remove polyps before they transform into a malignancy. There is a unified set of screening guidelines that address the age of first screening, the frequency of screening and the method of screening. This screening has been effective in achieving the stated goal of reducing the number of new colon malignancies detected per year.

Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia (AIN) & HPV

The term Anal Intraepithelial Neoplasia (AIN) describes the microscopic finding of dysplastic, non-malignant cells in the anal canal. AIN has been subdivided into AIN I, II, and III, representing low, moderate, and high-grade dysplasia. This dysplasia has been thought to arise as a result of local infection with the Human papillomavirus. The Human papillomavirus is a small double-stranded DNA virus with a diameter of 55 nm. and is encased in a protein capsid. The term AIN has gradually replaced other descriptive terminology such as atypical squamous cells of indeterminate significance (ASCUS), low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (LSIL), or high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL).

Anal Cancer – Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma of the anus is the most well known member of an uncommon group of GI neoplasms. The incidence of this tumor has been increasing slowly, with 3,500 cases reported in the United States in 2001, and 5,260 cases reported in 2009.