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

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

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

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

Medical Treatment for Anal Fissures

There Is A First Time For Everything. An anal fissure is one of life’s more painful conditions.  Often, excruciatingly painful.  And, for patients experiencing the fissure for the first time (yes, it can recur over and over again), the pain is made worse by lack of knowledge as to how to treat the fissure, 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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.