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

PINWORMS

Get the PDF version of this article YUCH!!!! “Doc, I can’t sleep because I’m scratching my bottom all night! I swear, I either have pinworms or I’m crazy!”Such is a common complaint in the colorectal surgeon’s office, from a patient sitting uncomfortably and sideways.While there are many causes of anal itching (pruritus ani), patients and

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

Anal Soap Equals Anal Pain & Itching

Soap? No Soap! A famous British proctologist, when referring to anal hygiene, once remarked that “People do more harm to their anal opening by trying to polish it clean, than if they would have simply left it alone.” And therein is the rub (so to speak). Colon and rectal surgeons have long known that with

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

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,

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Get the PDF version of this article COLON CLEANSING – DOES A CLEAN COLON LEAD TO A CLEAN MIND AND CLEAN BODY? THE DATA (OR LACK OF DATA) ABOUT COLON CLEANSING THE END For those with a short attention span and a desire for immediate answers, here is the conclusion of this article: CONCLUSION –

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