Keeping it Clean: Should I Use Soap on My Anus?

Soap? No Soap!! Get the PDF version of this article Soap may be an important part of one’s bathing routine, but do I need to wash my anus?  The short answer is no. The longer answer is also no!  To elaborate, would you clean your eye with soap?  The anus, although the butt of many

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hemorrhoids? Anal Cancer? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Anal Cancer And Farrah Fawcett Since the death of Farrah Fawcett,  many people have become concerned about symptoms that they may have been experiencing and whether or not those symptoms are related to anal cancer.  More important than the words you find on the internet, is the trip to the proctologist, or coloproctologist, also known

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

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.

How to Prevent Hemorrhoids

About half of all adults in the United States experience hemorrhoids at one point in their lives, and those who have had hemorrhoids in the past remain at risk of developing more in the future. By adopting healthy habits you can reduce your risk of developing hemorrhoids. Your colon and rectal specialist can help you incorporate healthy hemorrhoid prevention strategies into your lifestyle.

Healing Hemorrhoids with Healthy Habits

If you suffer from hemorrhoids in Beverly Hills, you’re probably trying your very best to make a speedy recovery from the pain and discomfort they cause. Unfortunately, many people unwittingly make it more difficult for hemorrhoids to heal by continuing the unhealthy habits that may have contributed to hemorrhoids in the first place.

THD: A New Approach to Hemorrhoid Treatment

Many hemorrhoids can be treated with conservative measures like topical treatments, but stubborn or recurring hemorrhoids often require surgery. Typically, this amounts to an excisional hemorrhoidectomy, or the more recently-developed procedure for prolapse and hemorrhoids (PPH). Though both of these methods are effective, both have a potential for being uncomfortable, and so the search for a pain-free cure for hemorrhoids continued.

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.

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.

Fiber: Eating Healthier & Relieving Hemorrhoids

When you hear about dietary trends for enhanced health, there are a few recommendations that stick around. The high fiber diet has long outlived the standard life of a fad diet, and now commonly receives the attention it deserves as a generally healthy dietary habit. Among the many health benefits you can experience from eating a high fiber diet, this dietary plan can actually reduce your risk of developing hemorrhoids in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

Hemorrhoids Pique Interest in 2012

At the end of every year we start seeing lists on about any topic you can imagine. People take to the internet to chronicle the ‘best of’ this and the ‘most common’ that. One of the biggest trends over the past several years has been to look at the Google Zeitgeist Year in Review. This is the list that tells us what people searched for on Google over the course of the year, and while some of the results are exactly what you would expect (like celebrities, pop songs and blockbuster films), others take us by surprise.

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.

Hemorrhoids in the Spotlight in Sit vs. Squat Debate

Despite the graphic detail the answer to this question contains, this has been the topic of widespread conversation lately, and for good reason. While most of us don’t think twice about using the toilet in the way we’ve been trained since our diaper days, most species on this planet evacuate their bowels in a very different fashion—by squatting.

Hemorrhoids & Pregnancy

In Los Angeles, hemorrhoids are a common problem among pregnant women. Unfortunately, treatment options for pregnant women aren’t the same as they are for the rest of the population. Hemorrhoids can develop at any stage of pregnancy, though they are most common during the third trimester, and can often even develop during the course of labor.

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.

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.

Measuring Your Hemorroid Risk in Bevery Hills

Hemorrhoids don’t always develop on their own. Sometimes they appear as a result of other conditions or lifestyle habits. While it is possible to take steps to prevent hemorrhoids, it is important to be realistic about your own risk of developing the condition. Accepting your risk of developing hemorrhoids is the first step in starting to do something about it.

Fight Hemorrhoids With Fiber

Unfortunately, hemorrhoids are a common problem for many people in Beverly Hills. In our fast paced society, preventative healthcare often gets pushed aside for more pertinent needs like hunger, clothing and cab fare. However, if you don’t take the time to eat a healthy diet and be wary of health risks, you could find yourself struck with an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition like hemorrhoids.

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.

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

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.

Rectal Foreign Bodies

Get the PDF version of this article HOW TO REMOVE A RECTAL FOREIGN BODY IN ONE EASY STEP (RARE IS THE PATIENT WHO EXPERIENCES THIS PROBLEM TWICE) THE END For those with a short attention span and a desire for immediate answers, here is the conclusion of this article: CONCLUSION: From a safety standpoint, the

PPH: To Staple or Not to Staple: That is the Question

Get the PDF version of this article INTRODUCTION Symptomatic internal and external hemorrhoids present with some of the most vexing problems known to mankind and to surgeons. Each year, over 525,000 patients are treated for symptoms associated with hemorrhoids. (1) Of these, 10-20% ultimately require surgical treatment. Watch this brief video of Hemorrhoid Treatment Options

Procedure for Prolapse & Hemorrhoids (PPH)

A 15- to 35- minute minimally invasive procedure is the new gold standard for hemorrhoidectomy, according to American and European experts in the field. The procedure, known as PPH (procedure for prolapse and hemorrhoids) stapled hemorrhoidectomy, combines hemorrhoidal devascularization and repositioning to return the veins to the anal canal. “This year, this is the revolutionary new procedure in the United States,” Gary Hoffman, MD, clinical faculty member in general and colorectal surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, told General Surgery News after moderating a live PPH telesurgery at the 2003 annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. “PPH stapled hemorrhoidectomy will supplant the traditional open operations in patients with symptomatic grades 3 and 4 hemorrhoids, because it results in a tremendous reduction in postoperative pain, and in a rapid return to work and to activities of daily living.”

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.

Anal Rash | Pruritus Ani – For Physicians

Anal itching. Pruritus ani. At one time or another, everyone has experienced this unpleasant sensation. Most often, the delightful scratching of the itch relieves the discomfort and puts a stop to the maddening sensation. Not uncommonly however, the itch occurs at an inconvenient moment, in public, during an intimate social situation or at a time when scratching is not possible without looking a bit ridiculous. Worse, the itching may become chronic, with the need to scratch becoming a constant annoyance, bordering on pain.

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.