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,

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

Do I Need An Esophagogastroscopy?

Even though you may not recognize the word, you have probably heard of someone having an esophagogastroduodenoscopy. This procedure is more commonly known as an EGD, an upper GI, a gastroscopy or simply an endoscopy. While there are a number of procedures that utilize the flexible, lighted instrument equipped with a camera, the EGD is

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

Probiotics and Stress-Related IBS in Los Angeles

Stress can be a big problem for those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in Los Angeles, but research shows that its effects may not be entirely mental. In a new study at the University of Michigan Health System, researchers found probiotics may help to ease the gastrointestinal effects of stress in those who suffer from IBS.

Get to know Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Being diagnosed with IBS in Los Angeles isn’t a rare occurrence. Nationwide, about 10 to 20 percent of the adult population has irritable bowel syndrome. There are many reasons why this condition is so prevalent. Dietary habits, lifestyle and environmental factors can all increase your risk of developing IBS, making it difficult to pinpoint an exact cause of the condition.

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.

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.

Link Between IBS & Intestinal Bacteria Confirmed

In a study at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, researchers claim to have definitively proven a link between an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The most common gastrointestinal disorder in the US, IBS can cause diarrhea, constipation, abdominal bloating and pain and affects approximately 30 million Americans. Though it is not life-threatening, it can cause severe discomfort and embarrassment for patients.

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.

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.)


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.