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Is Ulcerative Colitis Curable? Apr 5th, 2021

The inflammatory bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis (UC) is a disorder that causes your body to attack its own colon and rectal tissue. The result is ulcers, or sores, in the lining of your lower gut that may produce mucus and pus and can be extremely painful. You may...

Object Stuck in Your Rectum? Why Prompt Medical Care Matters Mar 7th, 2021

It went in easily. So, you figure, it should come out the same way. If you or your child has inserted a foreign object in your rectum, however, removing it yourself could cause permanent damage.  While you may feel embarrassed by your situation, don’t let that stop you from getting...

Early Warning Signs of Rectal Cancer Feb 9th, 2021

Your rectum is the last part of your colon (i.e., large intestine), which ends in your anus. Just a few inches long, your rectum stores your feces until you’re ready to defecate. Although it’s part of, and continuous with, your colon, your rectum has its own distinct appearance and functions....

When to Consider Hemorrhoid Surgery Jan 6th, 2021

If you have hemorrhoids, you have a lot of company. In the US, about every third adult has them, too. However, when hemorrhoids make bowel movements painful or even excruciating, you may feel very much alone.  The understanding and expert team at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford treats...

How Often Do I Need a Colonoscopy? Dec 1st, 2020

Cancer doesn’t usually come with a lot of good news attached, but colon cancer does. When caught early enough, colon cancer isn’t just treatable, it’s curable.   That’s why the caring and expert team at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford recommends regular colonoscopies. A colonoscopy is the best, most...

What Causes Rectal Prolapse? Nov 4th, 2020

You’re having a bowel movement and something feels “off.” Even after you’re finished, you can still feel something protruding from your anus. You may even feel it, and see it, long after your trip to the bathroom. Rectal prolapse is a condition in which the lowest segment of your colon...

Effective Treatments for Anal Trauma Oct 6th, 2020

One of the body parts that few people learn to love and feel comfortable with is their anus. Because we defecate through our anus, and because it’s part of our “private” parts, we don’t like to talk about it, and we don’t want to think about it. Until it hurts....

Signs of an Abscess and what Having One Means Sep 15th, 2020

A series of anal glands runs along your rectum and anus. The function of anal glands is well known in most animals: The glands produce and release powerful, scented oils that mark territory and help the animals identify one another. Researchers aren’t quite certain why human still have anal glands....

Dietary Guidelines for Ulcerative Colitis Aug 18th, 2020

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can strike at any age, though it tends to first appear before you turn 30. About 3 million adults in the United States  have IBD, a category that also includes Crohn’s disease.  The main symptoms of UC — pain,...

Common Causes of Anal Pain Jul 20th, 2020

You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your anus. But when you develop anal pain, your anus may be the only thing on your mind. Why do you have anal pain, and when should you see a doctor for treatment? The expert team at Colon and Rectal...

How to Lower Your Risk for Hemorrhoid Flare-Ups Jun 18th, 2020

Hemorrhoids are inflamed, bulging veins — similar to varicose veins — that are in or around your anal canal. Hemorrhoids can be internal, which means that they’re underneath the skin inside your anus and your lower rectum. They can also be external, developing under the skin outside your anus.  The...

Signs of Anal Cancer May 26th, 2020

According to the American Cancer society, around 8,590 people will be diagnosed with anal cancer in the US this year. While it might seem frightening, anal cancer is highly treatable, especially in its early stages; you just have to know what to look for, and when to go to the...

Understanding the Differences between Internal & External Hemorrhoids and the Best Treatment Options Apr 21st, 2020

Hemorrhoids are the most common cause of rectal bleeding. In fact, three out of four adults will experience hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. They are largely harmless; however, they can still be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Before you and your doctor can begin treatment, it's important to differentiate between...

Should I Be Concerned about Anal Pain? Mar 13th, 2020

While anal pain or bleeding might be frightening and even embarrassing, it's a common issue and can usually be cleared up after a visit to the doctor. You might experience brief anal pain for various reasons, but persistent pain might be a sign of a more serious problem for which...

When You Should Seek Medical Attention for Your Constipation Feb 10th, 2020

Constipation isn't something to be embarrassed about; in fact, 16 out of 100 adults experience constipation, and this number doubles among people over 60. The symptoms of constipation usually clear up on their own, but sometimes medical intervention is needed. That begs the question: When should you go to the...

What to Expect During and After Your First Colonoscopy Jan 13th, 2020

So, your doctor has recommended that you have a colonoscopy. You probably have a lot of questions about what happens during and after the procedure. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! More than 19 million colonoscopies are performed each year in the United States, and you don’t have to be anxious...