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,

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

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Complications & Risks

Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  IBS.  Don’t Let It Stop You. Irritable syndrome, abbreviated IBS, is a disorder of unknown etiology, or cause.  Normalcy is punctuated by bouts of constipation, diarrhea or both.  IBS is one of the most common disorders seen by a proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon. The symptoms of  IBS

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

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,

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.

THD: A New Approach?

A relatively new, tested and improving technology is making steady gains in the realm of operative interventions. It is transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD). It is considered to be a part of the “minimally invasive” family of surgical interventions.

Exercising With Hemorrhoids

While it’s true that certain forms of exercise can worsen hemorrhoids, this is not always the case. Because sitting for prolonged periods of time can complicate hemorrhoids due to the increased pressure on the rectal area, any activity that gets you on your feet will help. Physical activity will also improve your digestive functioning and help you avoid the excess weight that frequently contributes to hemorrhoid development.

5 Ways to Improve Your Digestive Health

You don’t need to undergo a diet overhaul to improve your digestive health. By making small changes in your diet and lifestyle habits, you can reduce your risk of getting anal fistulas and other uncomfortable colorectal conditions while maintaining better digestive health.

Tips to Avoid Anal Fissures

Anal fissures are the third most common condition of the rectum, but they don’t have to be. Taking measures to prevent the most common causes of anal fissure such as constipation and diarrhea by improving digestion and encouraging healthier bowels can also reduce your likelihood of developing anal fissures, and there are several ways that you can go about this.

IBS and Gluten Intolerance: Similar Symptoms, Different Causes

Certain conditions are caused by a reaction to particular foods while others flare up due to stress or menstrual causes. Two of the most commonly confused conditions that colon and rectal specialists come across are Celiac disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. It is estimated that up to 15% of celiac disease patients are initially misdiagnosed as having IBS. The reason for this is that the symptoms are remarkably similar.

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.

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.

Colon Cleansing

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Tips for Healthy Eating With Crohn’s Disease

Patients with Crohn’s disease in Los Angeles and elsewhere can frequently improve their symptoms with a healthy eating plan. One of the first steps in establishing a successful plan is consulting with a nutritionist who has expertise with this disease. Although there is no known cure for this chronic inflammatory bowel disease, each person may have a set of trigger foods that can make the disease worse. Likewise, there are foods that might help alleviate the pain and problems.

Constipation Remedies

Get the PDF version of this article Constipation – The Sisyphean Myth of Regularity. Remember Sisyphus, the Greek King of Ephyra? Punished for his hubris, he was made to roll a boulder uphill for eternity. Just before reaching the top of the hill, the boulder would roll down to the bottom of the hill and

Blastocystis Hominis Infection

Blastocystis hominis is a common microscopic parasitic organism found throughout the world. Infection with Blastocystis hominis is called blastocystosis (BLASS-toe-SIS-toe-sis.)

Dietary Fiber

Fiber is an edible material that is derived from the cell wall of plants. It is an essential part of a well-balanced diet whose importance is being increasingly recognized. Studies show that dietary fiber may help prevent such diseases as colon cancer, diverticular disease, elevated cholesterol, chronic constipation and hemorrhoids. We know, for instance, that different countries with higher fiber intakes have lower rates of colon cancer and diverticular disease. A word of caution: these studies are not conclusive or final. They are open to interpretation and need verification.


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.

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.

Anal Fissure

Anal fissures are a common problem, bringing many patients to the colorectal surgeons’ office with complaints of anal pain. Most patients report feeling a tear, or a splitting sensation at the anus after a normal bowel movement, a bout of diarrhea, or after a particularly hard or large stool.