Do I Have A Pilonidal Cyst?

While most pilonidal cysts don’t have any symptoms, once they become infected they are hard to ignore. Most people get the first hint that something is wrong “back there” due to discomfort while they are sitting. This discomfort, over a few days, may become intense pain that makes them weary of sitting down. Activities such

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

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

12 Reasons to Schedule a Visits to the Proctologist

A Proctologist?  At My Age? As we age, issues that never would have drawn a second thought, seem to become front and center in our thinking and in our daily habits.  Things like sore feet, difficulty seeing objects close up or far away and thinning hair readily come to mind.  But, who would have ever

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

When Can I Exercise After A Hemorrhoidectomy?

A hemorrhoidectomy can keep you from your normal routine for several weeks, and getting back to the gym may not go as smoothly as you’d hoped. Still, this procedure offers the best results paired with the lowest chance at a recurrence of hemorrhoids. By starting slowly and listening to your body, you can return to

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

What is Pilonidal Cyst?

Pilonidal cysts are a fairly common diagnosis, especially in young men. These cysts typically occur at the top of the intergluteal cleft, near the tailbone. They are often found in the cleft itself, between the two sides of the buttocks. Unfortunately, these cysts have a tendency to become painfully infected. If diagnosed early, your proctologist,

Hemorrhoids and Tailbone Pain. A Real Pain in the…

Rarely can a problem such as hemorrhoids cause so many different symptoms. Everyone has heard that hemorrhoids can bleed, may protrude and can cause itching. But what about tailbone pain? Tailbone pain is that sharp or dull discomfort that you might feel during prolonged sitting, walking or even while sleeping. In fact, tailbone pain is

Anal Fissures and Stress: How Are They Related

Why Do I Hurt?  What Is An Anal Fissure? “I have pain.”  “My rear end hurts!”  “It’s killing me!!!”   These are common complaints heard by every proctologist (also known as a colon and rectal surgeon or coloproctologist), every day in big cities. Big cities, stress and anal fissures.  Los Angeles.  Fissures.  All day, all week.

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,

New Laser Treatment for Rectal Fistulas

The Anorectal Fistula.  What Is It? The anal area is a complex anatomical location.  The anal canal is designed to store stool until such time as it can be discharged.  As such, the anus is endowed with nerves (to sense the arrival of stool) and muscles (to hold the stool and then help to discharge

How to Find a Proctologist in Los Angeles

What’s a Proctologist and Why Would You Need One? A proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon, is a medical doctor who deals with the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to the colon, rectum and anus. Whenever you feel pain or discomfort in any of these areas, that’s when you need to

Excercising With Hemorrhoids: The Do’s & Don’ts

Hemorrhoids and Exercising Exercising with hemorrhoids? You might find the whole idea to sound like a catch-22. On the one hand, exercise can seem to worsen any symptoms that you might have, related to hemorrhoids. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting can cause hemorrhoids to swell, exacerbating the symptoms. On the other hand, a lack of

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.

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. 

Female Proctologist in LA – Liza M. Capiendo, M.D.

Why A Female Proctologist? Are you looking for a female proctologist in Los Angeles? As always, choosing the proctologist with whom you are comfortable and who suits your needs is an important decision. But if you’re a woman, it may be especially important to find a female proctologist. Some female patients prefer to have a

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

Proctologist or Gastroenterologist. Is There A Difference?

Did You Hear This One? What are the real differences between a colon and rectal surgeon,  also known as a proctologist, and a gastroenterologist? There is an old joke known in medical circles.  It goes something like this:  What is the difference between an internist, a surgeon and a pathologist (a doctor who examines tissue

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

Exercising Safely After Hemorrhoid Surgery

Because regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, regulate your digestion and prevent the rectal pressure of long hours spent sitting, it is considered an important part of preventing hemorrhoids in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. However, if you’ve recently had a hemorrhoidectomy, transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD) or PPH procedure, you will need to approach your exercise routine carefully to ensure that you do not aggravate the surgical site.

Preventing Hemorrhoid Recurrence

Though surgery is a highly effective way to treat hemorrhoids in Los Angeles, care should be taken after a procedure like hemorrhoidectomy to prevent the problem from coming back. About 5 percent of those who have hemorrhoid surgery experience recurrence, finding themselves once again grappling with this uncomfortable and frustrating problem.

Cutting Caffeine to Control Hemorrhoids

Though it may not be possible to get rid of painful hemorrhoids in Los Angeles without medication or surgery, certain lifestyle and dietary changes can help you cope with and prevent painful symptoms. Because consuming high amounts of caffeine may lead to digestive issues that prevent hemorrhoids from healing, it is commonly recommended to avoid the stimulant during treatment for hemorrhoids.

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.

How Weight Lifting Can Prevent Hemorrhoids

When lifting heavy weights many novices hold their breath and strain as they apply effort to the lift. Grunting as you hold your breath will force the air in your lungs down, increasing the pressure on your internal organs and, ultimately, the veins near your rectum that can swell and protrude as uncomfortable hemorrhoids. This buildup of abdominal pressure is similar to the pressure created when you strain to have a bowel movement, which is one of the most frequent causes of hemorrhoids.

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.

Colorectal Surgeon vs. Gastroenterologist

Many patients often do not know if they need to see a Colon and Rectal Surgeon or a Gastroenterologist for their symptoms or condition. Moreover, even more are confused as to the difference between a Colon and Rectal Surgeon and a Gastroenterologist. The differences between the two specialties can be quite large. Because we treat

Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of solid or liquid stool, or flatus. Affecting more than 18 million Americans, fecal incontinence can undermine self-confidence, create anxiety, and lead to social isolation. Women are almost twice as likely as men to report incontinence to solid stool as are men. Out of embarrassment, many patients are hesitant to discuss this problem with a healthcare provider. However, fecal incontinence is treatable. Treatment can lessen symptoms in most cases and may possibly provide a cure. Several recent breakthroughs hold significant promise.

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

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,

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.