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Why You Shouldn't Ignore Colon Cancer Symptoms

February 26, 2015

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Colorectal cancer is often treatable when found in its earliest stages. This is why paying attention to warning signs and getting a colon cancer screening are so important.

This video highlights the impact of early colorectal cancer treatment and shares Alyson’s story. Alyson had lost her mother to colorectal cancer just three months after getting the diagnosis. She too had been experiencing unusual symptoms such as chronic indigestion and bloody bowel movements. After her mother’s death, Alyson decided to undergo a colon cancer screening, which revealed the presence of a large polyp, the precursor to colorectal cancer. Alyson’s polyp contained cancerous cells, and she began colorectal cancer treatment, which saved her life.

Colorectal Surgical Associates offers colon cancer screenings for individuals residing in the greater Houston region. To make an appointment, call us at (713) 469-3256.

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Hemorrhoids: Understanding Symptoms and Complications

February 19, 2015

Hemorrhoids can be an extremely painful problem. Unfortunately, those who suffer from them may ignore their discomfort or refuse treatment due to the nature of their condition. What some people might be surprised to learn, though, is that hemorrhoids are very common. In fact, approximately 50 percent of all older adults have experienced this issue. If you suffer from the telltale signs of hemorrhoids, seek the help of a colon doctor as soon as possible. Not only can hemorrhoid treatment alleviate your pain, but it can also prevent unwanted complications.

Symptoms

As mentioned, anal discomfort is a common warning sign of hemorrhoids. This discomfort can present in a variety of ways. Some individuals develop tender lumps around the anus, while others feel a recurrent itch. Several visible symptoms can point to hemorrhoids as well. Because hemorrhoids are inflamed veins, they can swell and bulge from the anal opening. Ruptured hemorrhoids may also leak blood. Upon completing a bowel movement, hemorrhoid sufferers may notice blood drops in the toilet or bloody spots on the toilet paper. Extreme cases of hemorrhoids might also lead to fecal incontinence.

Complications

Colon doctors urge individuals suffering from these symptoms to consult a hemorrhoid expert. For one, hemorrhoid treatment can quickly ease these uncomfortable symptoms and allow patients to have normal bowel movements once again. Two, because hemorrhoid symptoms can mimic those of other conditions, such as colorectal cancer, seeking hemorrhoid treatment can help to rule out a more serious problem. Without timely treatment, sufferers can continue to lose blood and may experience anemia. A hemorrhoid that develops inside the anus can also lose its supply of blood. If the hemorrhoid no longer receives blood, its cells can die and gangrene can set in.

If you are experiencing the warning signs of hemorrhoids, Colorectal Surgical Associates can help. Our kind and capable colon doctors can quickly determine the nature of your condition and recommend swift and effective treatment to relieve your symptoms and discomfort. To schedule a consultation at our Houston office, call (713) 469-3256.

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Comparing Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

February 15, 2015

With the help of a colon doctor, those who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease can enjoy healthy and pain-free lives. It’s important to consult a colon doctor to receive an accurate diagnosis, as both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are types of inflammatory bowel disease that can be difficult for non-specialists to distinguish.

Crohn’s disease can inflame and damage tissues throughout the gastrointestinal system. Ulcerative colitis is a more contained condition. Though both inflammatory bowel diseases can be quite painful, ulcerative colitis impacts only the large intestine. Both conditions also disrupt bowel movements and make it difficult for sufferers to utilize the nutrients and calories present in their food. If you are currently experiencing significant discomfort during bowel movements or suffering from other common signs of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, talk to a colon doctor about your symptoms and options for treatment.

Colorectal Surgical Associates can help you regain control over your colorectal health. Call (713) 469-3256 today to schedule a consultation with one of our colon doctors in Houston. You can also visit our website to learn more about ulcerative colitis.

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Spotting the Warning Signs of Ulcerative Colitis

February 13, 2015

A healthy digestive system can extract nutrients from the foods you eat and painlessly eliminate the materials it does not need. If every meal you enjoy comes with hours of abdominal discomfort, though, your digestive tract may be afflicted by chronic inflammation that can impact your overall health. When this inflammation occurs specifically in the colon, it could signal ulcerative colitis.

Abdominal Discomfort

Perhaps the most prevalent warning sign of ulcerative colitis is pain in the lower abdominal region. This condition causes the body’s immune system to attack the lining of the large intestine, which can then suffer from lesions. The combination of inflammation and wound formation can create ongoing discomfort for sufferers. Some people with ulcerative colitis might experience cramping sensations as well.

Loose Bowel Movements

Illness, food poisoning, stress, and other common conditions often cause loose bowel movements. However, when you experience chronically runny bowel movements, you may want to consult a colon doctor. Because ulcerative colitis triggers inflammation in the large intestine, it prevents this organ from being able to form more compact stool. As a result, sufferers tend to have loose bowel movements, which may also appear bloody in some instances.

Chronic Exhaustion

One job of the digestive system is to remove the minerals and vitamins that the body needs to properly function. When it cannot perform this task, the rest of the body may suffer. Especially when the body experiences chronically low levels of blood glucose, the substance that provides cells with energy, frequent exhaustion can result. So if you often feel lethargic despite your best efforts to eat healthily and sleep adequately, see a colon doctor for help.

Are you experiencing any of these warning signs of ulcerative colitis? If so, talk to the colon experts at Colorectal Surgical Associates. Call our Houston office today at (713) 469-3256 to set up an appointment or visit our website for more information on our ulcerative colitis treatment options.

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Debunking Myths about Pelvic Floor Disorders

January 30, 2015

Does the occasional sneeze cause you to pass urine? Do you find it difficult to restrain your bowel movements? If so, you might have a pelvic floor disorder. Due to the nature of this problem, many people with a pelvic floor disorder keep their condition to themselves, though many treatment options are available. Knowing the truth about pelvic floor disorders is the first step toward seeking help from a colon doctor.

Myth: Pelvic floor disorders are rare.

Because some individuals may be reluctant to share their condition with others, many people assume that pelvic floor disorders are relatively uncommon. However, research indicates that approximately one-third of all women contend with a loss of urinary or bowel movement control. If you notice an ongoing problem with controlling these bodily functions, know that you are not alone.

Myth: The causes of pelvic floor disorders are unknown.

Pelvic floor disorders can develop from an array of conditions. Older age can lead to a weakening of the muscles in the pelvic floor region, but this factor alone is far from the only cause this problem. Pregnancy and childbirth often trigger this condition, which explains why women typically experience pelvic floor disorders more frequently than men. The pressure placed upon these muscles during pregnancy, as well as the damage that might occur during delivery, can make it more difficult for women to control their bladder or rectal processes. Other factors such as chronic stress or a recurrent cough can also increase the risk of a pelvic floor disorder.

Myth: Pelvic floor disorders are untreatable.

Many people with pelvic floor disorders can recover urinary and bowel control. The treatment process for this condition depends on the causes and severity of it. Some individuals may respond well to exercises that help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Others may require medications to curb urinary or fecal incontinence. When conservative measures cannot effectively address pelvic floor disorders, surgery can often correct the issues causing loss of bladder or rectal control.

Let Colorectal Surgical Associates help you once again enjoy comfort, convenience, and confidence. To learn more about our pelvic floor disorder treatment options, call (713) 469-3256. We offer our services to those living in Houston and the surrounding communities.

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How Diet Impacts Hemorrhoids

January 23, 2015

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Do you suffer from painful hemorrhoids? This video discusses hemorrhoid treatment options that you can employ at home.

What you eat impacts your risk of hemorrhoids. For one, a high-calorie diet can lead to obesity, which can increase the occurrence of swollen veins in the rectal region. Two, foods with low fiber content can make it more difficult for your body to have normal bowel movements. In order to better regulate your system and avoid hemorrhoids, include plenty of low-fat, high-fiber foods in your meals, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes. To supplement your diet, you can also use fiber pills or powder packets to facilitate regular bowel movements. And be sure to drink 8 cups of water daily.

Colorectal Surgical Associates offers hemorrhoid treatment services for residents in the greater Houston region. To set up an appointment with a colon doctor, call (713) 469-3256.

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Know Your Fecal Incontinence Risk Factors

January 8, 2015

Fecal incontinence may be thought of as a condition that only affects seniors, but individuals of all ages can be at risk, as the inability to control bowel movements can stem from multiple causes. However, no matter the cause of fecal incontinence, help is available. With a proper diagnosis, a colon doctor can provide fecal incontinence treatment so that sufferers may experience better bowel control. Knowing some of the risk factors for this problem can help those at risk seek professional attention for their condition sooner than later.

Neuropathy

Deliberate bowel movements depend on healthy muscles and nerves, which work together to push stool from the rectum out to the anus. Yet if the nerves in that area have been damaged due to illness or injury, they may trigger fecal incontinence. This is why individuals with existing conditions that affect nerve health can be prone to this issue. In particular, advanced Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes can all lead to fecal incontinence, as they each may cause nerve damage, or neuropathy. 

Anal Procedures

For many people, surgical treatment is a necessary means to managing or eliminating a colorectal condition. Especially when a person suffers from an anal fissure or hemorrhoids, surgery might be the only way to address the issue. Under some circumstances, though, surgery that targets a problem in the anal region can affect the nerves and muscles, leading to fecal incontinence.

Delivery

Vaginal childbirth occasionally requires a small incision, called an episiotomy, to the anal region. This incision makes it easier for the baby to pass through the birth canal. The incision is made to a muscle that helps to control bowel movements. After childbirth, this muscle may not heal fully, or it may never exhibit the same degree of strength and control as before. This is why many women who receive this procedure have fecal incontinence. Risk of fecal incontinence may increase if a woman has more than one delivery that requires an episiotomy.

Are you suffering from fecal incontinence? Let Colorectal Surgical Associates help you enjoy the comfort and confidence of having control once again. Call (713) 469-3256 to learn more about our fecal incontinence treatment options or to make an appointment at our Houston office.

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Do Colon Polyps Need to Be Treated?

January 2, 2015

Colon cancer is currently the only preventable cancer. Precancerous lesions can be detected and treated early through screening. The goal of colon cancer screening is to determine whether colon polyps are present in the lower gastrointestinal tract. Polyps are small growths that protrude from the intestinal and rectal lining. Though they can sometimes produce noticeable symptoms such as bleeding or change in bowel habits, but they often develop with no warning signs. A colon cancer screening is typically the only way to know if they are present. Many colon polyps are benign but can turn malignant if left untreated. This is why colon doctors recommend the removal of any polyps found during a colon cancer screening. Finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous is one of the most effective ways of preventing colorectal cancer.

Is it time that you undergo a colon cancer screening? If you are 50 years old or have a family history of colorectal cancer, call Colorectal Surgical Associates at (713) 469-3256. We offer colorectal cancer prevention and treatment services at our Houston location.

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Understanding Diverticulitis

December 18, 2014

Diverticulitis is a painful condition that develops when small pouches along the colon, called diverticula, become inflamed. The symptoms may last for only a few hours, or they may persist for days. Some patients have problems with chronic diverticulitis that go away only to flare up again. If you’re diagnosed with diverticulitis, you’ll need to follow your colon doctor’s treatment plan and adjust your diet to avoid future occurrences. Here’s a look at what you need to know about this condition.

What Causes Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis outbreaks occur when feces become trapped in diverticula, causing inflammation and infection. Why diverticula form in the first place is a mystery, but colon doctors suspect that eating a low-fiber diet allows pressure to build up in the colon, and that pressure causes diverticula to develop. Uncoordinated colon movements may also contribute to the formation of diverticula.

What Are the Symptoms?

Diverticulitis can cause several uncomfortable symptoms. Patients experience pain and cramps in the abdomen, bloating and gas, fever, nausea, and diarrhea or constipation. Symptoms can become worse if an opening—or fistula—occurs along the colon because of diverticulitis. A fistula can allow stool to pass through the vagina or urethra or cause an infection in the abdominal cavity.

How Is It Treated?

Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms. If your case is mild, you may get relief by switching to a liquid diet for a few days and then increasing your fiber intake. If colon pain makes it difficult to eat or drink, you may be hospitalized to receive antibiotics and IV nutrition. If you have recurring flare-ups, you may need colon surgery. You can reduce your likelihood of future bouts of diverticulitis by increasing your fiber intake and getting enough fluids throughout the day.

Let the colon doctors of Colorectal Surgical Associates help you overcome diverticulitis with a range of treatments, including minimally invasive colon surgery. If you’re experiencing diverticulitis symptoms, make an appointment today with one of our Houston colon doctors by calling (713) 469-3256.  

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Patient Testimonial – Douglas

October 22, 2014

Douglas Bennett with Dr. Igancio (left) and Dr. Haas (right)

Douglas Bennett with Dr. Igancio (left) and Dr. Haas (right)

We were faced with an unimaginable diagnosis of the “C” word back in August 2014, something that you never want to hear. We never mentioned the “C” because we wanted only to speak about CURE, HEALING and not mention that word. We pray you or your family never have to face the “C” word. But if you do, pray about it, ask God for guidance, don’t lose hope, surround yourself with a good support system Family, friends (whatever your support system looks like), a good church home, cry together or by yourself and know it is ok to do that, educate yourself as much as you can about YOUR particular “C”, ask questions and if something does not sound right then trust that feeling. It is a process I can assure you and there are days that are not easy. One thing for sure is find a good doctor that is knowledgeable in that type of surgery and can meet your needs. And we did just that!

We were directed to Dr. Haas & Dr. Oscar Igancio Moreno-Ponte. We were so overwhelmed at first with the diagnosis but they did their absolute best to ease our fears!
We were given options and our suggestions were taken into consideration as well. It was about being a team player! Ask questions and that we did! If we called, the staff was very polite and courteous. We never had to wait very long in their office on Fannin. They were very patient with all our questions, took the time to answer them and we felt like family. The surgery took place on September 30, 2014 and even though it took longer than expected we were given updates about what was going on from Memorial Hermann staff and most importantly Dr. Eric Hass and Dr. Oscar Igancio Moreno-Ponte.
They explained everything before, during and after the surgery in great detail and at a time like that it is very stressful and that is important.
Although we have gone through a VERY traumatic, life changing experience the end result has been nothing short of amazing! We are forever grateful!

Dr. Haas also came out and told us that Doug needs to know that the Cancer is gone and that is what he needs to focus on. Dr. Oscar Igancio Moreno-Ponte always came in to the hospital and checked in and took his time to treat us with the utmost respect. Both of them put our mind at ease and we were very impressed that with a surgery as major as this it was like their everyday job. We felt like we went to the best of the best! So if you ever are faced with the diagnosis of colorectal cancer then don’t hesitate for one minute to let these amazing doctors perform your surgery. The robotic assisted technology expertise that they have and are knowledgeable in is nothing short of astonishing! So as of this day The “C” word will not be mentioned in our home!

~Douglas Bennett had his 3 week check up on October 20, 2014 and all is healing well! We are all very impressed! We are so grateful for Dr. Eric Haas & Dr. Oscar Igancio Moreno-Ponte and the staff at Colorectal Surgical Associates.. We know God is our healer and He used the hands of these amazing doctors to do His work. And we know He is well able to complete the healing that He has started in Doug’s body.