Diverticulitis: Why the Pain?

Pain From Diverticulosis To Diverticulitis. In Los Angeles, diverticulitis has become an increasingly common malady seen by proctologists, also known as colon and rectal surgeons, and emergency rooms such as Cedars-Sinai.  When diverticulosis turns nasty, abdominal pain usually follows (rectal bleeding is rare in cases of diverticulitis).  At Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates,

Is it Safe to Excercise After a Colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure to examine the inside of the colon and the rectum, using a special piece of equipment, called a colonoscope. It is a routine procedure to evaluate for colon polyps, inflammation, growths and any other abnormalities that may be present in the colon. It is recommended that you should have

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

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

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.

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

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

Scheduling a Colonoscopy in Los Angeles

Many people don’t think too hard about the frequency of their colonoscopies, but maybe you should. You know your personal health better than anyone else. You know your medical history, your family’s medical history, your bowel habits and how long it has been since your last colonoscopy—so who better to sit down and decide when your next examination should be?

Decrease Risk of Colon Cancer With a Colonoscopy

If you’re over the age of 50, you probably already know that it’s time to begin getting regular screenings for colorectal cancer, but the effectiveness of colonoscopy cannot be overstressed. In a new study, this highly-recommended diagnostic procedure was shown to reduce overall risk of late-stage colon cancer by 70 percent.

Raising Awareness for Colorectal Cancer in Los Angeles

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which means it is time to spread the word about the best ways to prevent and treat colorectal cancer in Los Angeles. This disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, following only lung cancer. It’s a condition that affects many people’s lives in the United States, but it is also highly preventable. Learning about colorectal cancer, understanding your risk for the disease and recognizing the warning signs can help you keep colorectal cancer from affecting you.

Fecal Microbial Transplantation (FMT)

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.

Clostridium Difficile & 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.

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.

Screening for Colon Cancer

Though colonoscopy is one of the most effective ways to diagnose and prevent colon cancer, Culver City and Beverly Hills residents may find themselves growing a bit concerned as the date of their appointment approaches. Despite the colonoscopy’s reputation as a life-saving screening procedure, the preparation for a colonoscopy has developed a reputation as something about which to be anxious.

Colonic Volvulus

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.

Before Your Colonoscopy: Proper Bowel Preparation

Prior to your colonoscopy, your colon and rectal specialist will provide you with a short to-do list that you will complete the day prior to your examination. While many patients comply with their physician’s guidelines, others do not follow the guidelines correctly. Inadequate preparation of the bowel could result in reduced efficiency of the colonoscopy examination. A recent study has found that pre-cancerous polyps in Los Angeles could go undetected during a colonoscopy exam if the patient did not properly cleanse the bowel the night before the colonoscopy.

Colonoscopy, Polyp Removal Cuts Risk of Colorectal Cancer

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that colonoscopy examinations and polyp removal can actually reduce the mortality risk from colon cancer by half. This is good news for those who have polyps in Los Angeles, as there is now even more evidence that the early treatment and removal of these growths can be incredibly beneficial for the prevention of colon cancer.

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.

Colonoscopy Preparation

Remaining in good health as we age requires us to pay attention to changes in our bodies and fitness as well as going to our physician for regular checkups. Beginning at age fifty it is recommended that both men and women have a colonoscopy performed every ten years.

Which Medications to Avoid Before Your Procedure

Get the PDF version of this list Medications To Avoid Prior To Your Procedure: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Herbal/Alternative (This list is not a substitute for a discussion with your physician. Please be

Colonoscopy Preparation – DISCONTINUED – Phosphate Warning Notice and Consent

Get the PDF version of this form SALIX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. IMPORTANT DRUG WARNING SUBJECT: Boxed Warning for Prescription Oral Sodium Phosphate Products: OsmoPrep® (sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, USP and sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous, USP)Tablets Visicol® (sodium phosphate monobasic monohydrate, USP and sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous, USP)Tablets PLEASE FAX COMPLETED FORMS TO (310)273-0314, OR MAIL TO

DISCONTINUED Colonoscopy Prep: Visicol Tablets, OsmoPrep

Get the PDF version of this letter To Our Patients: Due to concerns regarding the safety of Osmoprep® and Visicol®, both of these products are no longer available for use in bowel preparation prior to a colonoscopy or other surgical procedures. There have been reported cases of renal (kidney) damage following the use of these

DISCONTINUED Colonoscopy Preparation: Fleets PhospoSoda®

Get the PDF version of this letter To Our Patients: Due to concerns regarding the safety of Fleets Phosphosoda,®this product is no longer available for use in bowel preparation prior to a colonoscopy or other surgical procedures. There have been reported cases of renal (kidney) damage following the use of this medication. Our office has been

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,

Colonoscopy: Whats it All About?

It is a safe, effective means of visually examining the full lining of the colon and rectum, using a long, flexible, tubular instrument. It is used to diagnose colon and rectum problems and to perform biopsies and remove colon polyps. Most colonoscopies are done on an outpatient basis with minimal inconvenience and discomfort.

Prevention & Screening for Colorectal Cancer

Cancer of the colon and rectum is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States in both men and women. Approximately 131,000 Americans will be diagnosed every year with colorectal cancer, and approximately 55,000 people will die from their disease. Detection and removal of pre-cancerous lesions is the key to the prevention of colorectal cancer.

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.

Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis for Physicians

Twenty five to thirty grams of dietary fiber are required daily for optimal colonic function and may minimize the potential adverse sequelae of diverticulosis.

Diverticula are small areas of mucosal herniation through the colonic wall. They are pseudodiverticula containing only the mucosal layer of the colon. They typically occur in the sigmoid colon. As increases in intraluminal pressure occur, especially in those patients with constipation, there is a tendency for the mucosa to herniate through weak areas where nutrient blood vessels penetrate the colonic wall.

Colon and Rectal Cancer – Polyp Surveillance

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 Cancers 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.

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.