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To Covid Vaccinate or not to Covid Vaccinate? Jun 5th, 2021

A COVID vaccination skeptic patient of mine today asked a question during our pre-operative office visit...."So many people have apparently died of COVID, how is it we have not seen an increase in the death rate since the pandemic started?" Embarrassed I had no immediate good answer answer, I later...

The best way to clean your bottom. Mar 19th, 2020

A colon/rectal surgeon's take on bidets and the shortage of toilet paper. I am not sure why there is a run on toilet paper as a result of the present pandemic. It is not that this infection causes significant diarrhea. My thoughts on perineal hygiene in this age of toilet...

HypnoTherapy for IBS? Feb 15th, 2020

IBS is a poorly understood condition that affects millions of Americans, women often more than men. Once more serious reasons for a person having IBS symptoms are ruled out by your colon rectal surgeon or gastroenterologist, we resort to drug treatment, which is often not effective in significantly relieving symptoms....

Biblical references to Hemorrhoids (Emerods) Feb 9th, 2020

In biblical times, being smote with an affliction of Hemorrhoids or "Emerods" was considered an appropriate celestial punishment for high sins and misdemeanors. Jehovah did not like unauthorized eyes casting glances at the contents of the Ark of the Covenant which reputedly contained the stone tablets on which the 10...

Bernie Sanders' Hernia Repair Feb 3rd, 2020

In 2015, Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders 74, walked out of the George Washington University Hospital after successful afternoon surgery to repair an inguinal hernia in his abdomen. 12 hours later, he sauntered into his Senate office for a day’s work.  Sanders, who was at the time...

Historical trivia: Colon Cancer Feb 3rd, 2020

Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), the much loved creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip wrote his last “Peanuts” strip in November 1999 following his diagnosis of colon cancer. The cancer was found in a late stage and he did undergo chemotherapy which affected his sight. He passed away shortly after in...

Historical Trivia: Fistula in ano Feb 3rd, 2020

Louis the 14th, Sun King of France (1638-1715) suffered from anal fistula and was cured by a series of surgical operations (no anesthesia). His surgeon was rewarded with a noble title, a palace and great wealth. (probably the highest fee paid to a surgeon for his services).  

Historical trivia: Hippocrates fixed fistulas Feb 2nd, 2020

Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.E.) a Greek physician wrote a treatise on fistula repair about 400 B.C.E. He used a length of horsehair passed through the fistula tract.  The hair was tightened as it became loose and cut through the sphincter muscle over a few weeks, finally falling out and alowing the...

Historical Trivia: Hemorrhoids Feb 2nd, 2020

Napoleon Bonaparte fought (and lost) his last battle at Waterloo, Belgium (1815). In the days leading up to and during the battle he was in agonizing pain from thrombosed hemorrhoids which prevented him from, among other things, mounting his horse to survey the battlefield prior to the first shot being...

Humor: Good (clean) jokes. Dec 29th, 2019

When I was doing the rural health portion of my internship in South India, I worked in a very basic clinic with few facilities and meager supplies.During a busy day seeing patients with a variety of problems, I was embarrassed to find that I had no medicine left for a...

Humor: Patient's Scope Story Dec 28th, 2019

I called my friend Marcus Aquino, MD, a colon rectal surgeon, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy.  A few days later, in his office, Marcus showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through...

Humor: Santa gets his scope Dec 28th, 2019

Twas the night before his testand all he wanted was rest.But Santa was preppingto the bathroom he was stepping!He was doing what was righton this late December night.With an enormous amount of joy and wealthSanta was finally taking care of his health.The night was long and his rectum was sore,when...

Humor: Ode to the Colorectal Surgeon Dec 28th, 2019

We praise the colorectal surgeonMisunderstood and much malignedSlaving away in the heart of darknessWorking where the sun don't shineRespect the colorectal surgeonIt's a calling few would craveLift up your hands and join usLet's all do the finger waveWhen it comes to spreading joyThere are many techniquesSome spread joy to the...

Humor: A case of dueling poets Dec 28th, 2019

This is a poem I wrote to a very colorful patient that bore an uncanny resemblance to Willie Nelson. Ode to Whiskey Bill The biker walked into the Doc’s placewith pain written all over his face“Doc, the angle of my dangle just ain’t right.Bad enough last night, to give my ol’...

Genetic testing Dec 26th, 2019

We offer genetic testing and counseling to patients with a family or personal history of colon polyps and cancers. Testing is recommended to patients who have two or more relatives with a Lynch syndrome cancer (colorectal, uterine, ovarian, stomach, urinary, pancreatic, brain among others), or if a relative already has...

ColonRectal Cancer Screening Dec 19th, 2019

ColonRectal Cancer Screening ColonRectal Cancer Awareness Month- March http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL89jzOfZPY&feature=player_embedded Please click on this link for an interesting video on screening for colon rectal cancer ColonRectal Cancer - cancer of the colon and rectum - is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States for men and women...

Hydrotherapy Equipment Dec 18th, 2019

Our Colonic Hydrotherapy Equipment ColoProctology Associates, PA  uses the world-acclaimed Aquanet EC-2000™ unit from Prime Pacific Health Corporation.After extensive research, the Aquanet EC-2000™ top of the line professional colon hydrotherapy unit from Prime Pacific Health Corporation has been chosen to be used in our Colon/Rectal office. Only the highest quality...

What is Fecal Incontinence? Dec 18th, 2019

What is Fecal Incontinence? Fecal incontinence is an inability to control one's bowels, so gas and bowel movements are passed accidentally.  Obstetric damage is the most common cause of bowel incontinence in women. During crowning of the baby's head, the opening of the vagina can tear into the anal sphincter...

What about Colonics? Dec 18th, 2019

What about Colonics?   Colonics or Colonic Hydrotherapy is a technique of washing out the colon with special, high tech enemas.  The concept has been around for 2,000-3,000 years and has much merit when used for selected conditions.I perform many colonoscopies each week and from time to time have had...

Glossary of Terms: A-Z Dec 17th, 2019

Abscess: a collection of pus collected in a cavity formed by an infectious process (usually caused by bacteria or parasites) or other foreign materials (e.g. splinters or bullet wounds). Perianal abscesses can be seen in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn's disease) or diabetes. This often presents itself...

Learn More! Dec 16th, 2019

Learn more about...   A) What is the colon and what does it do?The gastrointestinal (GI) tract has several structures starting with the mouth, followed by the esophagus, stomach, intestines, and ending with the rectum.The intestines has two parts: the small intestine and large intestine (the colon). The colon is the...