Month: July 2017

Doctor sitting with male patient at the desk discussing Pilonidal disease

Pilonidal disease, also known as a pilonidal cyst is a skin growth located at the tailbone. This growth contains skin and hair and is common in the United States, with more than 200,000 cases each year. While this disease resolves within a few weeks, this disease is characterized by a chronic recurrence of the cyst.…

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Colorectal cancer, medical anatomical illustration showing early stages of colorectal cancer

The transanal excision procedure is used to treat patients with early colorectal cancer. This procedure was designed to preserve the function of the sphincter in colorectal cancer patients and eliminate any fecal incontinence. Did you know? The transanal excision works on stage 1 rectal cancer that’s located near the anal opening, but hasn’t spread to…

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ID: 7529
Physician surgical forceps holding a suture needle in operating room preparing for Sphincteroplasty

A sphincteroplasty is a procedure used to treat anal incontinence that’s moderate to severe fecal incontinence. This is a common condition caused by childbirth and is performed to repair the gap that has been created in the sphincter muscle. Did you know? The need for anal sphincter repair is typically noted immediately after delivery and…

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Woman in pain from Condyloma (Anal Warts)

Condyloma acuminate, more commonly known as anal warts, are a sexually transmitted disease that’s transmitted through an HPV infection. Anal warts are a type of genital warts. While anal warts don’t typically cause pain, if they grow large enough they could itch or never bleed. Oftentimes people with anal warts don’t even know they have…

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ID: 7523
Illustrated image of rectum with Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are incredibly common, with more than 3 million cases each year. They’re essentially swollen veins in the lowest part of your rectum and anus. Hemorrhoids are also known as piles. They become incredibly irritated when a person defecates. They’re one of the most common reasons for rectal bleeding and typically clear up within a…

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ID: 7520
Man holding his bottom in pain from anal fistula

An anal fistula is an extremely rare occurrence, with about 200,000 cases seen nationally each year. This condition is only treatable by a physician and when treated correctly typically resolves within a few months. With that in mind, it is not something to take lightly. In addition to being incredibly painful anal fistulas can cause…

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ID: 7517
Woman with anal abscess

An anal abscess is an extremely painful and potentially dangerous infection around the anus, typically of small anal glands. In addition to being extremely painful, these abscesses can spread infection to surrounding tissues and even in the bloodstream. Prompt treatment of anal abscesses is the best way to ensure you have a full recovery. Did…

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vector illustration of cracks in the anus

Anal fissures are tears in the lower portion of the rectum that cause pain and bleeding. Though irritating, anal fissures are common. They can last several weeks, however, if shorter than 12 weeks they’re known as acute anal fissures (short term). While these tiny tears can be frustrating, the good news is they are quite…

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