Lipomas: Non-Cancerous Tumor

What Is A Lipoma? Lipomas are fairly common, and in fact are the most common non-cancerous tumor diagnosed. The growth is a pocket of fat cells just under the skin. While these tumors are most common on the skin of the chest, back and shoulders, they may also grow in the gastrointestinal tract. The colon

Tem. Tamis. Same Local Excision, Different Acronyms.

Get the PDF version of this article. Alphabet Soup What is TEM? What is TAMIS? Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM), or Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) are two acronyms for the same operative procedure, in which a rectal mass or lesion is removed using a minimally invasive approach through the anal opening.   TEM was developed to

Colon Polyps: The Good & The Bad

Polyps.  Good One’s.  Bad One’s. Because of intense public education and awareness, it is now common knowledge that colon or rectal polyps can lead to colon cancer if the polyps are not removed.  Polyps are removed during a routine screening colonoscopy. Current recommendations are that all healthy adults over the age of 50 should have

How Common is Condyloma Acuminata, Anal Warts

Anal Warts.  A Visit To The Proctologist. By now, most people have heard of the term anal warts, also known as condyloma acuminata.  Anal warts are common and are transmissible.  Whether transmitted sexually (STD’s), or in other, non-sexual transmission modes, these small, fleshy lumps are a source of irritation at a minimum, and a possible

Prevention and Management of Nonhealing Perineal Wounds

Get the PDF version of this article The Perineal Wound The  perineal wound  resulting  from  an abdominoperineal resection  (APR) has always   been  considered  troublesome. Miles’  original description  of the treatment of the  perineal incision  involved leaving  it open  to heal by secondary intention, a  strategy resulting in  a  long-term chronic  wound.6 Modern use  of  chemotherapy

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.

GI Associated Hemangiomas & Vascular Malformations

First documented in 1839, hemangiomas and vascular malformations of the GI tract are an infrequently encountered entity. Having the potential to occur anywhere along the intestinal system, the small bowel is the most frequent site with hemangiomas and malformations accounting for only 10% of all small bowel tumors.

Anal Cancer – Rare Malignant Tumors of The Anus

Get the PDF version of this article The Good News? These are Rare Lesions. PERIANAL TUMORS: “Most of these rare anal tumors are aggressive tumors and are difficult to treat. The best that can be said of them is that they are rare.” pdf only Paget’s Disease Perianal Paget’s disease is thought to be a

Polyps – Colon Polyps – Scopefest (LA Daily News article)

Get the PDF version of this article Celebrating Their Health: Colonoscopies Make For A Most Unusual Birthday Party By Valerie Kuklenski, Staff Writer; U-Entertainment Jack Merrick was drawing on the straw in his jumbo Scorpion cocktail with such gusto, it seemed the drink’s floating gardenia would be vacuumed up. Surrounded by old friends, good food,

Flat Colon Polyps

It is now accepted that most colon cancers originate from benign colon polyps. The cancer-to-polyp sequence is the driving force behind colon screening to find and remove polyps before they transform into a malignancy. There is a unified set of screening guidelines that address the age of first screening, the frequency of screening and the method of screening. This screening has been effective in achieving the stated goal of reducing the number of new colon malignancies detected per year.

Anal Cancer – Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma of the anus is the most well known member of an uncommon group of GI neoplasms. The incidence of this tumor has been increasing slowly, with 3,500 cases reported in the United States in 2001, and 5,260 cases reported in 2009.